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Body-in-suitcase suspect wanted in Holland bailed

A Dublin man has been freed on bail after he was picked up on a European arrest warrant in relation to the killing of a 29-year-old man whose dismembered remains were found in an Amsterdam canal.

Kenneth Brunell (25) was granted bail at the High Court pending an extradition hearing after his arrest in connection with the murder of Keith Ennis (29), whose body parts were found in a suitcase dumped in a canal in the Dutch capital in 2009.

Brunell was released on bail with no cash lodgement required.

He is one of three men who have been held over the killing -- one has already been extradited while proceedings are ongoing against a third.

Brunell was arrested at his home in the west of the city last week and the case had been adjourned. The court heard the time allowed by the judge had "borne fruit" and that suitable bail terms and conditions had been proposed and agreed. Written proposals were handed to the judge after counsel for Brunell said she did not want his address or the location of the garda station where he was to sign on to be publicised.

Mr Justice John Edwards said the terms were satisfactory and he was prepared to approve them.

Lisa Dempsey, for the State, said no cash lodgements were required and Brunell had already surrendered his passport.

Mr Justice Edwards granted bail in Brunell's own bond of €100, with an independent surety of €3,000. Under bail conditions, he must reside at the address he provided to the State, sign on between 9am and 9pm at his local garda station and not apply for a new passport. He must not leave the jurisdiction and must turn up in court on all occasions required of him.

Brunell must also abide by the usual bail conditions, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Gardai were given liberty to re-apply to the court if he is found in breach of any of his conditions.

The court heard points of objection could be filed by the defence between now and the next court date.

Mr Justice Edwards said the court was prepared to extend legal aid to cover a senior defence counsel if there was a "particularly complex or novel point".

Brunell was remanded on bail to appear in court again on November 2.

Mr Ennis, from Walkinstown, was on the run from gardai at the time of his death. Philip County (29) from Foxdene Gardens, was extradited to Holland from Ireland in April. Proceedings are also ongoing against Barry McArdle, from Drimnagh.

aphelan@herald.ie