Who are Desmond and Dominic Noonan? Notorious gangsters and crime bosses from Manchester | The Sun

DESMOND NOONAN was a well-known criminal, and part of the Manchester underworld in the 80s and 90s.

He was murdered in 2005, but what else do we know about him?

Who was Desmond Noonan?

Raised in a family of 14 children in tough poverty, each child had a first name beginning with the letter D – a reference to Dublin, and the Irish roots of their parents.

Desmond 'Dessy' Noonan was an Irish Republican, anti-fascist and the key to helping the brothers monopolise the supply of bouncers at the club and others in the city.

The Noonan family found notoriety and made a fortune, firstly specialising in armed robbery.

Brothers Damien, Desmond and Dominic then found a much more lucrative way to to generate big money.



All we know about former gangster Dominic Noonan

Together, they took over the doors of the city's nightclubs – thus controlling who had access to sell drugs in them.

Manchester's legendary dance venue, The Hacienda, would become their golden goose.

Running the doors and taking a cut from drugs profits there meant they were making up to £50,000 a night, according to a new documentary.

How did Desmond Noonan die?

Then having been consumed by an out-of-control alcohol and crack cocaine habit, Dessy was stabbed to death by a crack dealer in Chorlton in March 2005.



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His funeral was held in south Manchester on 22 April 2005.

Derek McDuffus, a drug dealer from south Manchester, was charged on 15 June, 2005 after appearing at Preston Crown Court, and was eventually convicted of Noonan's murder, for which he received a life sentence.

What was Desmond Noonan known for?

By the mid-1990s Desmond Noonan was known as an enforcer, a very dangerous and violent man who had links with a wide swathe of Britain's underworld.

Former GMP officer, Martin Harding, said of the brothers: "The Noonans were synonymous with violence.

"They displayed very little fear. They had no fear of the authorities, no fear of prison. They were not scared to use violence."

With Dessy as the enforcer and hit man, Dominic the charismatic, but predatory entrepreneur, and Damien at the helm they took over clubland's doors – and did not tolerate any gangs trying to muscle in on their lucrative domain.

Who is Dominic Noonan?

Dominic Noonan, now known as Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy after changing his name by deed poll, is Dessy's younger brother.

In May 2018 he was convicted of 13 historic sex offences against under-aged males and was given a further 11-year sentence that was to begin after the sentence he was given in 2016 for  arson, blackmail and perverting the course of justice.

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