MAY 3rd 2018
Gangster Dominic Noonan, 53, has finally been convicted of child sex offences
Found guilty of 13 historical sex offences against four boys aged as young as ten
Was long suspected of being sex offender but police struggled to find evidence
Already serving sentence for arson, blackmail and perverting course of justice
A gangster has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of 13 historical sex offences against four young boys aged as young as ten.
Dominic Noonan, 53, also known as Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy, denied all charges against him in a month-long trial, but has now been convicted unanimously by a 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.
For decades, Noonan was suspected of being a predatory sex offender by the police, the public, fellow villains and even members of his own family.
But he did not have any criminal convictions for a sex offence to confirm the rumours – until now.
The defendant, from Moston, Manchester, was described as a ‘persistent sexual offender’ on the first day of his trial, as he pleaded not guilty to all charges including eight counts of indecent assault and attempted rape.
The court heard he groomed and molested boys after plying them with drink.
In his opening statement, prosecutor Darren Preston told Manchester Crown Court: ‘It is the prosecution case that over many years, the defendant engaged and was acting as a persistent sexual predator.
home and indecently assaulted him twice, ordering the boy not to tell anyone.
The second victim said he was 16 or 17 when he 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, Noonan became the spokesman 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.
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.
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 2014 Noonan, jailed for nine-and-a-half years for keeping a revolver under his car bonnet, scaled Manchester’s Big Wheel to protest against plans to recall him to prison.
Police, paramedics and firefighters had to rescue him in a £30,000 operation as more than 1,000 people gathered to watch in the city centre.
Officers said his ‘outrageous’ actions endangered the lives of tourists – including a petrified three-year-old boy – who were stranded aboard the Ferris wheel in Piccadilly Gardens for two hours.
The drama, which began after Noonan was told he had breached his licence conditions, started when he yelled: ‘I am going to jump.’
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.