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Saturday 20 January 2018

Gardai arrest man in murder probe

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering father-of-one Ciaran Noonan.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after the 29-year-old's body was discovered in a ditch in Co Meath on Friday night.

He had been missing since October 20, when he was abducted from Russell Avenue in the East Wall area of Dublin.

A Garda spokesman said the body has been identified as Mr Noonan.

"A post-mortem examination has concluded and preliminary results have been furnished to investigating Gardai," he said.

"As part of the investigation, a male aged in his 20s was arrested in the north Dublin area this morning.

"He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Store St. Garda station."

Mr Noonan was kidnapped over a suspected drugs debt after being assaulted by a gang.

Originally from Blanchardstown, the drug user was bundled into a black VW Golf on Russell Avenue by several men.

The car was recovered in the car park of an apartment complex in Ashbourne.

Search teams began examining farmland in Meath and north Dublin during the week and had appealed for farmers, walkers, landowners and hunters or other people using or crossing lands who came across anything unusual or suspicious to contact them.

It is understood a man came forward with information and showed gardai where Mr Noonan's body was dumped.

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