Rare cases in recent years of bodies dismembered in Ireland

Few of those who mutilated bodies of their victims in Ireland were hardened criminals

Kenneth O’Brien: his torso was found in a suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare

Kenneth O’Brien: his torso was found in a suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare

Though cases of dead bodies being dismembered are rare, there have been a number in Ireland in recent years.

While one might associate such barbarity with organised or gang crime, few of the perpetrators in these recent cases were hardened criminals. Most had no history of serious violence, and no criminal record.

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