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Suspect “confesses” to gruesome murder of Kenneth O’Brien

Kenneth O’Brien
Kenneth O’Brien

One of the two men arrested in connection with the horrific murder of Kenneth O’Brien has admitted his involvement in the killing, according to reports in today’s Irish Daily Star.

Reports indicate that the suspect broke down and confessed to gardai at Lexlip Garda Station.

Sources confirmed to The Star that the two men arrested over Kenneth O’Brien’s murder and dismemberment are father and son, and that the younger suspect has admitted his involvement to officers.

It’s understood both were personally known to the murder victim.

One of the two is understood to be known to Gardai for involvement in the drugs trade, while the second was not known to Gardai for involvement in crime previously.

Gardai have sealed off a home in north west Dublin, which was last night, being forensically examined.

The Star reports that a stretch of water near the Curragh in Co Kildare was being searched for the hand gun which is believed to have been used to kill the father of one.

Mr O’Brien’s dismembered torso was found dumped in a suitcase in the Grand Canal, near Ardclough, Co Kildare, while his head and limbs were discovered in follow-up searches at Sallins.

Sources say gardai are confident that they will soon have enough to bring chargers as part of the investigation.