Sunday 23 October 2016

Man charged with hiding chainsaw in body-in-canal case

Kenneth O’Brien was killed
Kenneth O’Brien was killed

A man has appeared in court charged with helping an alleged killer by disposing of a chainsaw.

Paul Wells (30) is alleged to have assisted Paul Wells Snr (49), who he "knew or believed" to have murdered Kenneth O'Brien.

Mr Wells Snr was charged with the murder of father-of-one Kenneth O'Brien (33) in February of this year.

Mr O'Brien's dismembered body was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal near Celbridge in Co Kildare last January by a passer-by.

Mr Wells Jnr appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on Friday accused of assisting an offender on or about January 19 and 20 at various locations.

It is alleged that Mr Wells, with an address at Beatty Park in Celbridge, Co Kildare, did an act, namely disposed of a chainsaw, to impede the apprehension or prosecution of Paul Wells Snr, who he "knowing or believing to be guilty" of the murder of Kenneth O'Brien.

Garda John O'Keeffe gave details of the arrest, charge and caution of Mr Wells.

Gda O'Keeffe said he had no objection to bail, subject to certain conditions.

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr Wells on bail in his own bond of €100.

As part of his bail conditions, the accused must surrender his passport to gardai. He must also sign on twice a week at Leixlip Garda Station.

Gda O'Keeffe said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charge.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to October for the book of evidence.

Mr Wells, who was wearing a Manchester Utd jersey and pale blue jeans, did not address the court during the short hearing.


Defence solicitor Barry Powderly applied for free legal aid, and the court heard that gardai had no objections.

JCB driver Kenneth O'Brien (33), from Clondalkin, was reported missing on January 15 after he had left his home telling family members he was going to work.

The father of one had recently come back from Australia where he had worked for three years.

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