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Friday, 12 August 2011

Mark Duggan's uncle was crime lord: Man whose death sparked riots is linked to notorious gangland chiefs

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The suspected gangster shot dead by police was the nephew of a notorious gangland criminal, it has been revealed.

Mark Duggan's uncle was Desmond 'Dessie' Noonan whose family used to run Manchester's underworld and featured in a 2005 documentary.

Dessie Noonan, a former bouncer, ran a gang with his brothers Domenyk, Damian and Derek. He and Domenyk both featured in Donal MacIntyre's TV programme six years ago.

In it, he boasted how his family was 'untouchable', saying: 'I've got a bigger army than the police. We have more guns than the police.'

Gangster Desmond Noonan
Shot by police: Mark Duggan

Notorious gangster Desmond Noonan (left) was the uncle of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police

Dessie's second wife Julie is the sister of Mr Duggan's mother Pamela, according to The Sun. Mr Duggan used to visit their home regularly to babysit, according to the paper. 

The couple divorced in 1993 after Dessie was acquitted of the murder of fellow gangster Anthony Johnson but Mr Duggan reportedly still visited him and his brother Domenyk.



    A source told The Sun: 'They took Mark under their wing. They liked him not just as a nephew but as a mate. When he came to Manchester he'd see thema nd if they went to London they'd have a night with him.'

    Dessie was jailed for 33 months in 1995 for a violent attack on twin brothers and described as a 'psycho' in court. Ten years later, he was stabbed to death by a drug dealer, Derek McDuffus. 

    His brother Domenyk, 47, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder earlier this week after rioting broke out in Manchester City Centre. 

    A man believed to be Domenyk Noonan lies face down on the ground in Manchester during the riots

    A man believed to be Domenyk Noonan lies face down on the ground in Manchester during the riots

    Domenyk, from Stockport, who has changed his surname to Lattlay-Fottfoy, has now been remanded after appearing in court charged with handling stolen alcohol and cigarettes. 

    Mr Duggan's death in Tottenham last week sparked the riots that spread across London and to other English cities.

    He had been under surveillance and was in a minicab when he was stopped by armed police and died from an single bullet wound to the chest. 

    Another bullet went through his right arm. The Independent Police Complaints Commission have said there is 'no evidence' a handgun found at the scene had been used.

    Armed police are allowed to shoot if they believe they are in mortal danger and do not actually have to have been fired upon.

    What happened when the car was stopped is now at the centre of an independent inquiry by the IPCC which could take up to six months.



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