Wednesday 22 November 2017

Suspect in cold-case murder probe released

Cathy Power

A MAN detained by cold-case detectives on Thursday was released without charge at 4pm yesterday.

He had been arrested at Dublin Airport on Thursday afternoon and was held for 72 hours in connection with the death of Martin Nolan in 1999. The man, who is in his 40s, was questioned at Waterford City garda station.

The charred remains of Nolan (34) were found in July 2000 in woods between Tipperary and Waterford, some eight months after his disappearance.

He was not positively identified by forensic scientists until four months later as the damage to his body was so severe.

The man was arrested for the alleged possession of a firearm. His period of detention was extended on Saturday afternoon by 24 hours.

Nolan was to appear at Waterford District Court on drugs charges when he disappeared.

He had been a well-known drug dealer in the south east since the late 1980s and was regularly under surveillance.

Six years later, another Waterford man, Gary Penkert (37), was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of perverting the course of justice and withholding information in the case.

During his trial it emerged that he was not suspected of the murder.

No one has been charged with Nolan's murder despite dozens of arrests over the past 10 years.

Irish Independent

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