Canal suitcase body accused remanded

Paul Wells
Paul Wells

A Dublin man charged with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in a canal, has been further remanded in custody.

A book of evidence has to be served on Paul Wells (48) from Barnamore Park in Finglas who is accused of the murder of Kenneth O'Brien in January. He will face his next hearing on July 6 at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Victor Blake had said earlier that he hoped for progress in obtaining formal directions from the DPP. The court has heard the case file was with the DPP and contained 13 volumes.

JCB driver Kenneth O'Brien (33) from Lealand Road in Clondalkin in Dublin was reported missing on Jan. 15 last after he had left his home telling family members he was going to work.

The father-of-one had recently come back from Australia where he had been employed for three years.

The following day his torso was found in a suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Cellbridge in Co. Kildare. Investigating gardai carried out a search operation resulting in other body parts being found in bags in the canal. DNA tests confirmed the remains were those of Mr O'Brien.

In February, father-of-five Paul Wells was charged with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien on or about Jan.15 and Jan. 16 last. The murder is alleged to have occurred at the defendant's address.
He was remanded in custody and faced his eight hearing yesterday/today (wed) when he appeared before Judge Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Due to the nature of the charge he would have to make a bail application in the High Court.