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Gardaí search house of Grand Canal murder victim

The man whose body was found in the Grand Canal at the weekend was named last night as Kenneth O’Brien.

Gardaí search the house of Kenneth O'Brien on Lealand Road, Clondalkin.
Gardaí search the house of Kenneth O'Brien on Lealand Road, Clondalkin.
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Updated at 3:50pm

GARDAÍ ARE TODAY searching the house of Kenneth O’Brien, whose body was found in the Grand Canal on Saturday.

Detectives are searching for a motive for the gruesome and brutal murder of the Dublin man.

The dismembered body of the 33-year-old, described as a hard-working family man, was discovered on Saturday afternoon in a suitcase that had been dumped in the canal near the village of Ardclough in Kildare.

Gardaí have made a further appeal for anyone with any information about what happened to O’Brien to come forward.

O’Brien’s home, on Lealand Road in Clondalkin in west Dublin, is being searched today by gardaí as part of their investigation.

This is O’Brien’s last known location, which he left in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is unclear how long this part of the investigation will take.

kenneth-obrien-310x415 O'Brien's remains were found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal Source: Garda Press Office

Family man

The victim was named by gardaí yesterday evening. It is understood he told family he was working down the country for the day.

Gardaí are asking anyone who might have been away for the weekend to check their property for anything “unusual”. This could include small changes to a room, or equipment that might have been moved.

Businesses have also been asked to make these checks.

At a briefing at Leixlip Garda Station yesterday, Superintendent Gerald Ward described O’Brien as a father of one who had worked as a JCB driver and recently returned from Australia.

He also said his family were devastated and grief-stricken.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room in Leixlip Garda Station on 01-666 7800.

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald

Read: The man whose dismembered body was dumped in the Grand Canal has been named

Also: Young man whose dismembered body was found in canal was killed elsewhere

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