Saturday 24 March 2018

Two more men charged with killing Ciaran Noonan

Tom Tuite

TWO more men have been charged with killing father-of-one Ciaran Noonan who went missing from East Wall in Dublin last October.

Mr Noonan, who was living in Ashbourne, Co Meath but originally from the East Wall area, in Dublin, was last seen getting into a car at Russell Avenue, on October 20 last.

The 29-year-old's remains were discovered on November 4, dumped in a field at Tullaghmeaden, about six miles outside Trim, Co Meath.

Today, David Geraghty (28), with an address at Coolock Drive, Coolock, Dublin and 23-year-old Daniel Quinn, of Brega, Balbriggan, north Co. Dublin appeared in court charged with false imprisonment and manslaughter of Mr Noonan.

Judge Grainne Malone heard at Dublin District Court that they “made no reply” to the charges.

The DPP has directed that they are to face “trial on indictment” which means the case will be sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court. Neither men have yet indicated how they intend to plead and they addressed the court briefly to nominate solicitors to act for them.

They did not apply for bail and Judge Malone remanded them in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on July 4 pending the preparation of books of evidence.

The court heard that mother-of-two Lynn Isaacson (34), a childcare assistant with an address at Church Road, East Wall, Dublin, was charged with conspiracy to falsely imprison Mr Noonan and she made no reply after caution. She wept during the proceedings as Judge Malone was told that no further charges are to be brought against her.

Garda Sheelagh Sheehan told Judge Malone that the DPP has also directed trial on indictment in relation to Ms Isaacson and there was no objection to bail provided she signs on three times a week at a garda station and surrenders her passport.

Judge Malone said that in light of the “seriousness of the charge” she was setting bail in Ms Isaacson's own bond of E1,000. The judge also stipulated that an independent surety in the sum of €1,000 would have to be approved.

She did not address the court and was remanded in custody to the Dochas Centre, Mountjoy Prison's women's unit, with consent to bail to appear again at Dublin District Court on July 4.

Statements of their means were provided to the court for a decision on whether they would be entitled to legal aid.

Last month Mark Allen (35) with an address at Wellview Avenue, in Mulhuddart, in Dublin was returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with false imprisonment of Mr Noonan at Russell Avenue, in East Wall on the date of his disappearance and his manslaughter at an unknown location, between October 20 and November 4 last.

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