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Noonan murder suspect in custody

GARDAI investigating the murder of Ciaran Noonan were today questioning the man they view as the chief suspect.

The 30-year-old man, who was picked up in north Dublin yesterday, brings to 10 the total number of people questioned by gardai over the killing.

The man is being held at Store Street Garda Station. Gardai have yet to charge anyone in connection with the murder.

Noonan (29) - whose decomposed body was found dumped in a ditch in Co Meath on November 4 - was abducted as he walked in East Wall on the evening of October 20.

He was bundled into a VW Golf and driven off.

Gardai believe the abduction was ordered by a drugs gang to whom Noonan owed a five-figure sum.

The Herald revealed previously how a former girlfriend of a gang member had seen the father of one with his cousin in the East Wall area just a couple of hours before the abduction took place.

Sources suspect that the woman phoned a member of the gang to reveal Noonan's whereabouts.