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Grisly chainsaw murder accused no-show for body in canal trial

Victim Keith Ennis with Philip County
Victim Keith Ennis with Philip County

One of three men who stands accused of murdering Keith Ennis, chopping him up with a chainsaw and throwing his body parts into a Dutch canal, failed to show up for the first day of his trial

Convicted drug dealer Philip County didn’t show up because his family were under threat and received a bullet in the mail, according to his lawyer.

The court heard that County’s family had received a note with the bullet warning him not to show up at the trial and that the family home’s windows had been shot at.

31-year-old Barry McArdle, Kenneth Brunell (30) and Philip County (29) stand charged with the violent murder of Keith Ennis, from Walkinstown, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in an Amsterdam canal in 2009.

Ennis suffered multiple stab wounds to his head and face and several fatal knife slashes to his back penetrating vital organs in a Rotterdam apartment.

Afterwards his body dismembered with a chainsaw.

The head was severed and hidden in a suitcase which was dumped in a canal together with refuse bags containing his body, which was chopped into two parts.

Brunell from Palmerstown, Co Dublin and McArdele from Drimnagh, Dublin were extradited from Ireland in 2014 to stand trial.

Country claimed to Dutch police that he wasn’t present for the murder of Ennis, but admitted to moving the body.

He also told officers that he had been out buying groceries when the attack took place.

However, Brunell and McArdele told judges as the four-day trial opened that Mr County's statements denying involvement in the killing were all lies.

He was involved in Mr Ennis's killing, they said.