Irish police have recovered the body of a drug addict murdered over a debt of just a few thousand dollars.
Ciaran Noonan, a 29-year-old father of one, was abducted near his East Wall home in Dublin on October 20th.
His body was discovered in a ditch on farmland five miles from the Meath town of Trim on Friday night.
Noonan’s family visited the site and laid flowers after the body was removed and taken to Tallaght hospital for a post mortem.
Police believe Noonan was beaten to death after he was snatched in broad daylight on Russell Avenue in the East Wall.
A priest in County Meath received a phone call last week with information about the location of the addict’s body.
Speaking to the media, officers outlined their belief that Noonan was killed over a small drug debt to a Dublin gang, believed to be no more than $4,000.
The gang had forced Noonan to collect money from other addicts in the north inner city but it is believed he used the money to feed his own habit and ran foul of the gang’s notorious leader.
Noonan was heard shouting "I’m dead" as he was hit with an iron bar and dragged into the back of a car.
Officers believe the gang intended to beat Noonan severely to force him or his family to pay his drug debt but the punishment beating went horribly wrong.
Two women, arrested on suspicion of withholding evidence relating to the kidnapping, have been released without charge.
Noonan’s mother Geraldine told reporters: “We had hoped that Ciaran would be found alive. At least now we can give him a funeral.”