Drugs cost my 'loving and giving' son his life, mother tells court

A court has heard how a man abducted from Dublin more than two years ago stabbed himself as he tried to escape his attackers.

Ciaran Noonan's naked body was found in a field near Trim, Co Meath a fortnight after he was beaten and kidnapped in broad daylight.

An emotional victim impact statement on behalf of Ciaran's mother was read out at the sentence hearing of two people involved in his death.

Geraldine Noonan described her son as a "loving and giving person" whose addiction to drugs "cost him his life".

On October 20 2011, the 29-year-old was beaten with an iron bar and bundled into the back of a car after visiting a relative in the East Wall area.

Gardaí believe he was targeted over an outstanding drugs debt that led to him fearing for his life.

He stabbed himself in a desperate attempt to scare off his attackers but it did not deter them.

He was killed and dumped in a field near Trim, Co Meath.

Daniel Quinn from Balbriggan has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Co-accused, Lynn Isaacson, a mother-of-two from Church Road, East Wall admits destroying phone evidence between her and one of his kidnappers.

The pair are due to be sentenced on Monday.

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