Thug who dismembered body with chainsaw released from jail after just two years

A dangerous cartel thug who dismembered a corpse with a chainsaw has been released from prison after just two years.

Philip County, who has more than 50 previous gardaí convictions in Ireland, walked free from Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon last Friday – after serving two years behind bars for possession of cocaine and MDMA.

The 35-year-old is understood to still be wanted to serve the remainder of a 21-month sentence in the Netherlands for concealing, removing and disposing of the corpse of Dubliner Keith Ennis with a chainsaw in Amsterdam in 2009.

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The feared criminal is understood to have dumped the man's body in a canal, and sources say it is possible that Dutch authorities will now seek County’s extradition – to serve out the remaining eight months he has on that sentence.

County, who is originally from Lucan in West Dublin, has been linked to the Kinahan cartel in the past, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2017 for hiding Mr Ennis’s body after the victim was stabbed to death in a Rotterdam apartment.

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In 2020 County, who had returned to Ireland and was living in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine and MDMA with a street value of €7,298 (around £6,173).

It followed an armed raid at his home in October 2017.

The court was told that when gardaí called to County’s home, they found 71 grams of cocaine, 33 grams of MDMA and 30 MDMA tablets.


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