Thursday 23 February 2017

I can't eat or sleep -- I want my boy back, begs worried mother

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI are making "steady progress" in their inquiries into the kidnapping of a father of one last week, officers disclosed last night.

But they believe the results of a garda forensic examination of the car used in the abduction of Dubliner Ciaran Noonan will be crucial.

Gardai have issued a nationwide appeal to the owner of the car to make contact. Senior officers said last night they were very anxious to talk to the man, who is originally from the Coolock area.

Mr Noonan's distraught mother Geraldine has made an impassioned plea for the safe return of her son.

"He's my child. He's a father. He has a brother, a dad, aunts, uncles, cousins. He's a human being. He's my flesh and blood," she said.

"Anyone out there with any compassion, give me my child. I haven't eaten or slept. I just can't do this much longer. I just want my son, I want him home. Anyone out there that has seen, heard, please inform Store Street gardai, please."

In an emotional interview, Mrs Noonan told RTE's 'Prime Time' that not knowing what had happened to her son was the worst thing and the family still could not tell his daughter he was missing.

"I just want him back, for his own dignity," she said.

"I gave birth to him, I brought him into the world, I looked after him, I was still looking after him, and I just want him back."

Mr Noonan was bundled into the car after being beaten up in the East Wall area of the capital last Thursday and had not been seen since.

The car owner has not been at his most recent known address since the incident.

Officers want to establish if the man's car had been stolen and, if so, why he had not reported the theft. They also want to find out if he knew anything about the kidnapping.

His car, a black VW Golf, registration number 05 D 88805, was used by a gang of four men, who chased Mr Noonan into a garden when he tried to escape from them at Russell Avenue, East Wall, at around 4.45pm last Thursday.

They attacked Mr Noonan with an iron bar, dragged him from the garden and pushed him into the car. Bloodstains were later found at the scene and on the back seat of the car.

The VW Golf was abandoned by the gang in an underground car park at Killegland apartment complex in Ashbourne, Co Meath, about three hours later, at 8pm.

But it was not located by gardai until Saturday evening and forensic officers from the garda technical bureau then carried out a detailed examination of the vehicle.

Last night Supt Frank Clerkin renewed his appeal to anybody who might have spotted the distinctive four-door car with a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and tinted windows between 5pm and 8pm last Thursday.

He said other motorists might have noticed scuffling among the five occupants in the car.

Meanwhile, a woman who was arrested on Monday afternoon for allegedly withholding information about the crime has been released without charge.

Irish Independent

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