A 38-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of 24-year-old Philip Finnegan, whose body was found in Kildare woods five years ago.

Stephen Penrose of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock in Dublin denied murdering Philip Finnegan at Rahin Woods, Edenderry, Co Kildare on 10 August 2016.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced to the mandatory term of life in prison on 13 December.

The court will hear a victim impact statement on that date. The judge was told that Penrose is currently serving a sentence for other offences.

In 2010, he was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

Philip Finnegan had been missing for just over three weeks when his body was found at Rahin Woods in Kildare in September 2016.

The prosecution said he had met a gruesome death. He had been stabbed multiple times, his body decapitated and burned before being buried.

The jury was told he had been in the company of Stephen Penrose on the day he went missing.

Penrose came to the attention of gardaí later that day after he was hospitalised with an injury to his wrist. He was interviewed 19 times but gave differing accounts of what happened while maintaining they had been attacked by others.

The prosecution relied on CCTV footage of the two men's movements, along with DNA from the accused which was retrieved from a bloodstained glove found close to where the body was buried.

Penrose represented himself at the beginning of the case.

He cross-examined the victim's mother and had to be warned by the judge about his outburst in court while cross examining a Garda witness.

He went on to hire two more legal teams before letting them go and was absent for the remainder of the trial.

Mr Justice Alex Owens told the jury they must only consider the evidence and told them to ignore Mr Penrose's behaviour in court, his general character and his repeated hiring and firing of lawyers.

After deliberating since Friday the jury found him guilty of murder.

Penrose chose not to be in court for the verdict.