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Gardai search Wicklow landfill as part of Kenneth O’Brien murder investigation

Gardai at the Wicklow dump (Pic William O'Toole)
Gardai at the Wicklow dump (Pic William O'Toole)

Gardai investigating the gruesome murder and dismemberment of Kenneth O’Brien are today searching a landfill site in Wicklow.

A Garda Forensic team entered the dump at Ballynagran, just off the M11, west of Wicklow town shortly after 9 am.

It is understood that gardaí believe parts of Mr O'Brien's remains could be hidden at the site.

Kenneth O'Brien

Mr O'Brien (33) - originally from Ballyfermot in Dublin - was fatally shot once in the head and his body dismembered. His torso was placed in a suitcase and dumped in the Grand Canal at Ardclough in Co Kildare.

Additional body parts were later found in the canal near Sallins, Co Kildare.

Gardai yesterday found an imitation firearm and a fake hand grenade during a search of a house as they continue to question a father and son about the gruesome murder

Members of the garda technical bureau searched the house in Finglas in north Dublin all day yesterday, following on from the arrest of the men on Saturday morning.

The duo - who were not previously known to gardai for involvement in serious crime - are being held at Leixlip and Naas garda stations.

Sources said that an imitation firearm and fake grenade were found during the search and gardai have been investigating the men's links to dissident republicanism.

The army bomb disposal unit was called to the property, but the grenade was quickly declared safe.

It is understood that the younger of the arrested men gave gardai a detailed statement, but sources said detectives were now checking out the details he gave to officers.

A number of garda vehicles were parked outside the Finglas house as the searches were going on yesterday.

Additional reporting by William O'Toole