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Sunday 25 June 2017

Three-hour gap 'is key to mystery of missing man'

Tom Brady Security Editor

A THREE-HOUR gap in the movements of a missing father of one after he was abducted holds the key to the mystery of his whereabouts.

Gardai are anxious to establish where 29-year-old Ciaran Noonan was taken immediately after he was kidnapped in East Wall in the north inner city area of Dublin on Thursday evening.

As concerns for his life increased last night, gardai were questioning a young woman about allegedly withholding information about his disappearance. The woman, who is in her mid-20s, was arrested by detectives in the city centre yesterday afternoon and taken to the investigation headquarters at Store Street station for questioning.

She was being detained under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and could be held without charge for up to three days. Gardai suspect the woman may know vital details about what happened to Mr Noonan after he was beaten up and bundled into a car at Russell Avenue, East Wall, shortly before 5pm on Thursday.

Beaten

He was taken away in a black VW Golf car, registration number 05 D 88805.

Officers believe four men were involved in the abduction.

They pulled alongside Mr Noonan on Russell Avenue. He ran into a nearby garden and tried to hide. But he was dragged out of the garden and beaten with what appeared to be an iron bar before being pushed into the car. Gardai later found bloodstains at the scene and on the rear seat of the car.

The VW Golf was found in an underground car park at the Killegland apartments in Ashbourne, Co Meath, on Saturday evening.

But gardai are satisfied that the car was left there at 8pm on Thursday -- three hours after the abduction. They said last night they were anxious to trace the movements of the car during those hours.

The car had not been stolen and gardai want to interview the owner but have been unable to make contact with him.

Garda Supt Frank Clerkin appealed to anybody who might have seen the distinctive four-door saloon car, with a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and tinted windows, during the time it left East Wall and arrived at the Ashbourne complex to contact them at Store Street on 01 6668089, or on the confidential line 1800 666111.

He pointed out that motorists might have seen the car in traffic as the kidnappers made their escape.

Gardai have established that Mr Noonan had a number of drug debts and his family have confirmed that they paid off some of the debts in the past.

The prime suspect for his disappearance is a drug trafficker, who is originally from Coolock on the northside of the city but has been living at a number of addresses in the recent past.

Irish Independent

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