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CELL PHONE Chainsaw killer Barry McArdle uses Amsterdam prison phone to threaten neighbour from behind bars

Neighbour terrified as body in suitcase brute calls from Dutch jail with warnings over ongoing dispute

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Barry McArdle

Barry McArdle

Barry McArdle

Authorities have been told that 'Teddy Bear' chainsaw killer Barry McArdle has used a prison phone to make threats to a former neighbour in Ireland while still behind bars in Amsterdam.

It is understood the man, who was previously convicted of assaulting a young associate of McArdle, was terrified when he got the call and contacted the Dutch prison where McArdle is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the killing of Irishman Keith Ennis.

Ennis's dismembered remains were discovered in a suitcase in a canal on the outskirts of Rotterdam in 2009.

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Barry McArdle with wife Vicky

Barry McArdle with wife Vicky

Barry McArdle with wife Vicky

An investigation by authorities in the Netherlands has confirmed that McArdle rang the man's mobile on May 7, 2020 in a call that lasted 56 seconds - but the content of the conversation can only be harvested if a warrant is now issued.

In a letter concerning the probe into McArdle's communications from the Zaanstad Judicial Complex, a representative of the Dutch Ministry of Justice wrote: "It is correct that Mr Barry McArdle is detained in the Zaanstad Judicial Complex.

"We searched his phone records. We can confirm that he called the telephone number that you provided on 7-5-2021. The call lasted 56 seconds.

"However, we are not allowed to eavesdrop on conversations without a police warrant. So we don't know what he said to you. You indicate that he has threatened you, so we advise you to report it to the police. The police can then request the telephone conversation from us for possible further investigation."

McArdle and his former neighbour have been at loggerheads for years and the victim has made a string of complaints to gardai about damage to cars and threats he alleges the criminal and his associates are responsible for.

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Barry McArdle's family visit Amsterdam

Barry McArdle's family visit Amsterdam

Barry McArdle's family visit Amsterdam

 

He admits his own role in the dispute and his conviction for pushing a young associate of McArdle more than five years ago, who he claimed flicked spit at him.

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He received a suspended sentence in relation to the assault but has no other convictions.

Since the row broke out between the man and the young boy, both sides have complained of harassment, with close associates of gangland killer McArdle claiming they are terrified of the former neighbour, who has no associations with criminal gangs.

Now, the dispute could cost McArdle some prison privileges if it is discovered that he used a jail phone to threaten or intimidate a member of the public.

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Barry McArdle with his mum

Barry McArdle with his mum

Barry McArdle with his mum

 

His former neighbour says he was warned in advance that McArdle would ring him from jail, and was also told the mobster 'missed him' while incarcerated in Holland.

Meanwhile, McArdle's wife Vicky has insisted her 'soft teddy bear' is innocent and has told friends she is convinced he will be freed through the European Courts of Human Rights.

She has been a regular visitor to the Netherlands since McArdle was banged up for the horrific manslaughter of Ennis more than ten years ago.

Ennis was slashed with a knife, decapitated and his body was cut up with a chainsaw before his head was stashed in a suitcase and parts of his upper and lower bodies were stuffed into plastic rubbish bags.

His remains were found floating in a canal a week after he was reported missing by his family in Ireland.

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Victim Keith Ennis with Philip County

Victim Keith Ennis with Philip County

Victim Keith Ennis with Philip County

 

Vicky, who lives in Galway, has firmly stuck by her man despite his role in the most grisly of gangland crimes, which sickened investigators in Rotterdam.

McArdle's DNA was found on a chainsaw stashed in a cupboard in an apartment which co-accused Philip County had shared with Ennis.

McArdle and his pal Kenneth Brunnell were arrested by gardai on foot of extradition warrants two years later but denied they had anything to do with the killing, saying they had stayed in the apartment while enjoying a holiday.

At a trial in 2017, the trio were sentenced to two years imprisonment for disposing of the body while McArdle and Brunnell were acquitted of stabbing Ennis.

However, Dutch authorities appealed on the charge of manslaughter and McArdle and Brunnell were both sentenced to 13 years in prison by an Amsterdam court. An appeal against County's involvement was thrown out.

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Kenneth Brunnell was sentenced to 13 years in prison

Kenneth Brunnell was sentenced to 13 years in prison

Kenneth Brunnell was sentenced to 13 years in prison

 

In statements to police, County had named McArdle and said he helped dismember the corpse of Ennis.

McArdle lived openly in Ireland while the wheels of the Dutch legal system churned slowly and even married Vicky while awaiting the outcome of the case. But last year gardai sent him packing to Holland to serve his time.

Vicky has regularly posted gushing messages to her husband saying: "You all think Barry is the big bad wolf but let me tell you he's not. He's a little soft teddy bear and that's being honest. He is not the monster you make him out to be."

She says McArdle has a phone in his cell in the Netherlands and calls her regularly every day.

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