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Gardai at the scene where the body of Ciaran Noonan was found in a field at Kiltale near Trim, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardai at the scene where the body of Ciaran Noonan was found in a field at Kiltale near Trim, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardai at the scene where the body of Ciaran Noonan was found in a field at Kiltale near Trim, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

THE family of a Dublin father who was abducted, killed and dumped in a field over a drug debt have said they want to meet with the DPP after a woman who acted as look-out walked free from court.

Mother-of-two Lynn Issacson (34) received a three-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for her role in the death of Ciaran Noonan (29).

He was chased through an estate in East Wall, before being beaten and bundled into a car and driven away in October 2011.

 

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His naked body was found two weeks later in a field.

Father-of-one Daniel Quinn (24) received an 11-year sentence for his role in Noonan's manslaughter, with the final year suspended.

After his arrest, the 24-year-old then brought gardai to where Noonan's body had been dumped outside Trim, Co Meath.

Quinn revealed that Mr Noonan had stabbed himself with a knife from his sleeve prior to being beaten with an iron bar and bundled into the back of a car.

Quinn, of Brega, Balbriggan, claimed Mr Noonan, who died of neck compression, did this to avoid being abducted.

"What we got today was law and not justice," Ciaran's father Willie told The Herald.

"What Quinn got was probably at the upper end of the scale as a sentence, but there's no way Issacson should have got a suspended sentence in our view.

"She's the one who was telling the scumbags that killed our son where he was.

"He might not have been abducted if it wasn't for her. He might still be alive.

"I am going to be in touch with the DPP about this."

The court heard that Issacson, a mother-of-two of Lighthouse Apartments, Church Road, East Wall, made over 30 phone calls to the driver of the vehicle in which Mr Noonan was taken and then destroyed the phone.

Quinn pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing Mr Noonan on a date between October 20 and November 4, 2011.

Issacson pleaded guilty to destroying phone evidence on October 20, 2011.

Speaking after the case, Ciaran Noonan's mother Geraldine told The Herald that she has found it impossible to celebrate Christmas since Ciaran was killed.

"He died so close to Christmas, and his birthday is St Stephen's Day," she said. "I wouldn't do Christmas but for the grandchildren. Ciaran's daughter is 12 now, she has her good days and her bad days.

"Sometimes I wake up and wonder was this all a bad dream, but it's not, and nothing will bring Ciaran back."

Judge Mary Ellen Ring acknowledged the anguish Mr Noonan's family has suffered, in particular his young daughter.

"This young girl's experience will be long lasting and undoubtedly follow her whole life," the judge said.

Judge Ring suspended the final year of Quinn's 11-year term on strict conditions.

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