A 48-year-old Dublin man charged with the murder of Kenneth O’Brien, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in a canal, has been further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.
Paul Wells, from Barnamore Park in Finglas, will face his next hearing on April 27 at Cloverhill District Court, a judge ordered.
JCB driver Kenneth O’Brien, 33, from Lealand Rd, Clondalkin, was reported missing on January 15 after he had left his home telling family members he was going to work. He had recently returned from Australia where he had been employed for three years.
The following day his torso was found in a suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare. Gardaí carried out a search operation resulting in other body parts being found in bags in the canal.
DNA tests confirmed the remains were those of Mr O’Brien.
In February, Mr Wells was charged with the murder of Mr O’Brien on or about January 15 and 16. The murder is alleged to have occurred at the defendant’s address.
He was remanded in custody and faced his fifth hearing yesterday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.
Mr Wells was further remanded in custody for another two weeks while the prosecution is preparing a book of evidence.
Due to the nature of the charge, he would have to make a bail application in the High Court.
A second man arrested in connection with the investigation was released from Garda custody without charge and a file is to be sent to the DPP.
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