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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fears for abducted father

Missing man owes debt to violent drug dealer

Tom Brady and Colm Kelpie

Fears grew last night for the safety of Dubliner Ciaran Noonan after a city-wide garda search failed to locate him.

The father of one was badly beaten with an iron bar and then abducted because he owed money to the leader of a drug-trafficking gang.

Checks across the capital for a black VW Golf car, used by the three kidnappers in the abduction, also drew a blank.

Mr Noonan (29) is known to gardai and is originally from Mulhuddart in west Dublin. He had been living more recently in nearby Hartstown.

Reports to the gardai yesterday morning that he had been spotted in the Blanchardstown area turned out to be false.

The kidnap investigation team, led by Chief Supt Pat Leahy, held a case conference yesterday evening at Store Street station as his family admitted they feared for his life.

He was abducted from Russell Avenue East, off the East Wall Road, shortly after 4.30pm on Thursday.

He had been walking with a cousin, who has no criminal links, when the VW Golf pulled alongside and three occupants jumped out.

Mr Noonan ran and attempted to hide in a nearby garden but he was found and badly assaulted with an iron bar as he was being dragged to the car.

He was then bundled into the vehicle, which sped off. The incident was seen by a group of children and they notified a local woman, who alerted the gardai.

Officers arriving at the scene found bloodstains on the pavement and sealed off the area for a forensic examination.

Gardai quickly established the identity of the victim and inquiries were carried out in west Dublin as well as in the north inner city.

Detectives suspect he owed money to a drug trafficker who has a reputation for violence.

Although three men took part directly in the abduction, gardai think that up to five men may have been involved.

Mr Noonan is suspected of owing money to a number of criminals in the city.

Gardai asked the public to help in locating the Golf car, which could have been abandoned somewhere in the city.

The four-door saloon type has an 05 D registration, with a spoiler on the rear, alloy wheels and tinted windows.

They urged anybody with information to contact them at Store Street on 01 6668089, or on the confidential phone line, 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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