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Sunday 21 September 2014

Father-of-one gets 11 years for role in manslaughter of Ciaran Noonan

Published 27/01/2014 | 16:10

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Ciaran Noonan

A man has been sentenced to eleven years for his role in the manslaughter of a Dublin father whose naked body was found in a field two weeks after he was abducted by a gang of men.

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Father-of-one Daniel Quinn (24) brought gardai to where Ciaran Noonan’s body had been dumped outside Trim, Co Meath and revealed that the victim had stabbed himself with a knife from his sleeve prior to being beaten with an iron bar and bundled into the back of a car.

Quinn claimed Mr Noonan, who died of neck compression, did this to avoid being abducted.

Mother-of-two Lynn Issacson (34) received a three year suspended sentence for her role. She was told to look out for the victim in the East Wall area. She made over 30 phone calls to the driver of the vehicle in which he was taken and then destroyed the phone.

Quinn, of Brega, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully killing Mr Noonan (29) on a date between October 20 and November 4, 2011. He has seven previous convictions including a three year suspended sentence for robbery in 2012.

Issacson of Lighthouse Apartments, Church Road, East Wall, pleaded guilty to destroying phone evidence on October 20, 2011. She has no previous convictions.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring acknowledged the anguish Mr Noonan’s family has suffered, in particular his young daughter.

“This young girl’s experience will be long lasting and undoubtedly follow her whole life,” the judge said.

She accepted Quinn’s remorse and his willingness to assist gardai in locating Mr Noonan’s body, but stated that had the case gone to trial, he would have faced 15 years in prison.

The judge further noted that Quinn, Issacson and the deceased had all been indebted to others for drugs. She said the irony was that though there were mandatory minimum sentences for firearms and drugs offences, there was no similar legislation for participating in or threatening violence.

She told the court that violence used in punishment or debt collection would not be tolerated.

Judge Ring suspended the final year of Quinn’s eleven year term on strict conditions.

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Jessie Magee

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