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Chainsaw thug hiding in Brazil and set to marry

Keith Ennis
Keith Ennis

A DUBLIN man currently on the run from Dutch authorities in relation to the death of Keith Ennis is believed to have fled to Brazil – where he is set to get married.

Philip County is one of three Irish men convicted of dismembering Ennis’ body with a chainsaw.

The convicted drug dealer is considered a major criminal and was a close associate of gangland killer Eric ‘Lucky’ Wilson in the past.

Wilson, who is considered one of Ireland’s most prolific killers, is serving 23 years in a Spanish prison for murder.

In April, County (28) claimed that he could not attend the court case because threats were being made against his family.

He also said that a bullet was sent to the family home in Dublin warning him not to give evidence.

However, this has been rubbished by Dutch prosecutors, who described him as “an enforcer” for an Irish organised crime gang.

While on bail, County posted pictures on his Facebook account posing with luxury cars in Bangkok and Abu Dhabi.

He had also spent much of his time in Australia. The thug, originally from Foxdene Gardens in Lucan, became friendly with Keith Ennis in the months before the murder.

At the time of his extradition to the Netherlands in April 2011, County was serving a prison term in Mountjoy after being caught in possession of ecstasy tablets in a garda bust, in which bullet proof vests were also seized.

He did not oppose the extradition order, which was granted at the High Court almost eight months after Dutch authorities requested it.

The feared criminal was being held in solitary confinement in a Dutch prison for several months while awaiting trial.

In his evidence, County said that Ennis was murdered in an apartment in Rotterdam, where he came to socialise with County, Barry McArdle and Kenneth Brunell.

County told the police he stepped out to get liquor and when he came back, he found Ennis had been stabbed to death.