May 2018

So called ‘gangster’ Dominic Noonan GUILTY of abuse

For decades, so called ‘gangster’ Dominic Noonan was suspected of being a predatory sex offender by the police, the public, fellow villains and even, it is said, members of his own family.

He just didn’t have any criminal convictions for a sex offence to confirm the folklore – until now

Dominic Noonan has now been found guilty of 13 sex offences against four young males aged as young as ten years old and jailed for eleven years.

The 53-year-old had denied all charges against him in a month-long trial, but was convicted unanimously by the jury.

He is already serving an 11-year sentence for arson, blackmail and perverting the course of justice, passed in 2015.

The latest sentence will start after he has finished serving that.

Over the years he has revelled in a ‘gangster’ reputation. Whether he is still a major criminal player in the city is up for question, but his notoriety has been enough to influence some young men and manipulate others.

He groomed and molested boys after plying them with drink, according to the prosecution in his Manchester Crown Court trial.

His first victim was aged just 10 when Noonan, who was six years older, took him from a care home and indecently assaulted him twice, ordering the boy not to tell anyone.

The second victim first met Noonan outside a pizzeria. He told how Noonan threatened him, accusing him of having called him ‘gay’, before he was beaten by a gang of teens with hockey sticks. He then indecently assaulted the boy on a few occasions, once in a disused shop.

A third victim said he was in his early teens in the 2000s when he met Noonan, who molested him on 20 or more occasions. He described how he would spend time driving around with Noonan and other young lads.

He would be taken to parties where there was drink and drugs. Noonan would ply them with drink, but not get drunk himself.

His victim described being ‘brainwashed’ into thinking the abuse was normal.

The fourth victim was aged in his mid-teens when he met Noonan in the 2000s, agreeing to renovate a pub for him. This victim was said to be completely under Noonan’s spell.

At the conclusion of his trial at Manchester Crown Court, Noonan was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape, two of inciting a child into sexual activity, one of sexual assault and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

One of 14 siblings, all of whose first names begin with a D, Noonan became the spokesperson for the family following death of his brother Damian, aged 37, in a motorbike accident in the Dominican Republic in 2004, followed by the murder of his brother Dessie in 2005.
Dessie and Damian had worked on the door of the Hacienda in the 1980s and were then said to control the supply of drugs at the nightclub.
When they died, Dominic Noonan became the boss, or at least he gave the appearance of being the head of the family.

Not your usual crime boss

A cunning, intelligent individual, he admitted to being ‘thoroughly dishonest’ during his trial. He has trumpeted that he is anti-racist and has made much of being able to speak Urdu although, actually, he only knows a few phrases. And he is gay.

He isn’t your usual crime boss

Over the years, Greater Manchester Police have found little difficulty in obtaining evidence to lock him up for everything from possessing a gun to arson and blackmail.

He has spent most of his adult life behind bars.
But proving he was a predatory sex offender was another matter.

In 2010, a rape charge was dropped. Shortly after he was released from a long prison sentence on licence, he was accused of raping a woman in a hotel room after celebrating his birthday but prosecutors dropped the case.

In 2013, he was cleared of child rape charges after the court heard his accuser had a history of making false complaints. He had been accused of molesting the boy of 15 in a flat in Bloom Street in Manchester city centre.

In 2016, he was found not guilty of engaging in a sex act in front of a minor, although he was convicted of perverting the course of justice by offering £5,000 to the boy’s family to get the charge dropped.

The prosecution alleged that the boy covered his face with a poster as a ‘vulnerable’ adult man was intimidated into performing a sex act on Noonan in a bedroom, he was also convicted of arson and blackmail connected to a row over an ice cream van, and jailed for eleven years.

So, while police have tried many times, it is only now that Noonan has been brought to justice for sex offences.

Noonan first came to national prominence in 2005 when his brother Dessie was stabbed to death on the Merseybank estate in Chorlton , just days before a Channel 5 documentary about the brothers was aired.

Drug dealer Derek McDuffus, known as Yardie Derek, had refused to sell drugs to Dessie, a notorious gangland enforcer who was addicted to crack cocaine.

GMP failed in a bid to stop the Donal MacIntyre documentary, in which Dessie Noonan boasted of being behind 27 killings and Dominic said he was gay.

The Noonan family first rose to notoriety after the murder of ‘White Tony’ Johnson, the leader of the Cheetham Hill Gang, who was gunned down in 1991. Desmond was charged but acquitted after a re-trial.

After the murder of Dessie, Dominic Noonan became the public face of the Noonan family and the scourge of GMP.

He changed his name to Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy, which stands for ‘love all those that love all you – f*** off those that f*** off you’.

It was his way of sticking two fingers up to authority especially when police, barristers and judges were forced to use the name.

To everyone else, he was still Dominic Noonan.

In 2005, he was jailed for nine-and-a-half years after a revolver and ammunition were found under the bonnet of his Jaguar when police stopped him in the north east. He was described by the judge who jailed him then as ‘a very dangerous man.’

He was freed on licence in 2010 and claimed to have found God (he ostentatiously kissed the Bible when swearing the oath during his trial) but he continued to be a menace as far as the police were concerned. He started a number of dubious businesses and even had a crack at stand-up comedy. He took great delight in winding up the police, even setting up a company called GMP (Greater Manchester Postal).

He was recalled to prison almost immediately after being accused of going berserk at a woman motorist who beeped at him as he crossed a Gorton road.

He is said to have tapped the car with a copy of the Manchester Evening News, which featured a story about his release, and shouted: “Do you know who I am?”

Noonan, the riots, and prison

He was recalled to prison again in 2011, suspected of being a ringleader during that summer’s riots in Manchester . He was captured on video talking to a looter who was carrying a large flat-screen TV on Oldham Street at the height of the riot.

He must have known it was asking for trouble to be seen in the middle of the riots, a man who was out of jail on licence, who could be recalled to prison for the slightest whiff of a misdemeanour. But he enjoyed playing cat and mouse with the law.

Prison authorities struggled to cope with him.

Some prison governors just didn’t want him.

They knew he would either cause trouble or incite others into causing trouble.

At one stage he was housed in the ‘special intervention unit’, for troublesome prisoners, at Strangeways, together with Kiaran ‘Psycho’ Stapleton, a member of the wider Noonan family who murdered student Anuj Bidvein Salford, and Clifton Jeter who committed a gruesome knife murder in Brighton before attacking two guards at the Manchester prison .

While out of prison on licence in the summer of 2014, Noonan brought Manchester city centre to a standstill by climbing the city’s Big Wheel in protest at the latest efforts to recall him.