I'm dead, cried kidnap victim as he was abducted
Mother appeals for safe return of her son who may have been taken over unpaid drug debts
Published 23/10/2011 | 05:00
There was still no sign last night of the missing Dublin man who was kidnapped by a drugs gang in broad daylight in the north inner city on Thursday and gardai fear he has been murdered.
Witnesses said Ciaran Noonan, 29, originally from the East Wall area, shouted "I'm dead" as he was beaten and bundled into the back of a black Volkswagen Golf in Russell Avenue East at around 4.45pm in front of passersby and children playing in the street.
His mother, Geraldine, yesterday appealed for the safe return of her son. Her family had previously had to raise money to pay off drug debts for Ciaran. She said: "It's a fear of the unknown, it's a sick feeling. I haven't slept or eaten."
Gardai said yesterday that they still had no information about which direction the abductors took after leaving Russell Avenue.
It is suspected Noonan, who is a heroin addict and who has convictions for robbery and traffic offences, was abducted because he owed money to a number of drug dealers in Dublin.
The abduction sparked fears that Dublin drugs gangs are increasingly resorting to 'disappearing' their victims. It comes close to the anniversary of the abduction and disappearance of James McDonagh Kenny, also 29, who was last seen in the Inchicore area on October 27 last year. His burned-out car was found close to the Grand Canal in Palmerstown and, despite pleas from his family, his remains have never been recovered. His mother, Jacki, also pleaded for the return of her son's remains, to no avail.
Noonan was visiting relations in the East Wall area and had been living at different addresses in recent times. A number of men have disappeared and, gardai believe, were murdered and secretly buried in recent years. Christy Gilroy, 36, also from the north inner city disappeared in February 2009 and is believed to have travelled to Spain, where he was murdered and his body buried secretly.
Two men, David Lindsay, 39, and Alan Napper, 38, disappeared in July 2008 after meeting a north Dublin criminal at a house in Co Down. It is believed they were both murdered and buried but gardai were never able to establish where their bodies were hidden.
The whereabouts of Napper and Lindsay may never be known.
The gardai were also never able to discover the whereabouts of Patrick Lawlor, 23, who disappeared in north Dublin in December 2004. Searches were carried out following tip-offs but nothing was ever found.
Gardai yesterday appealed for information for anyone who may have seen the black Golf, which had been customised in boy-racer style with a rear spoiler.