Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jury Set to Retire in Noonan Abuse Trial

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jury Set to Retire in Noonan Abuse Trial

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THE jury in the trial of Dominic Noonan, now known as Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy, is expected to retire to consider its verdicts today.

Mr Lattlay-Fottfoy is on trial accused of 13 historical sexual offences against four young boys. He denies any wrongdoing.

As the trial at Manchester Crown Court entered its fourth week, Judge Martin Rudland began his summing up of the case to the jury.

Mr Lattlay-Fottfoy, 53, from Moston, denies a total of eight counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, two of inciting a child into sexual activity, one count of sexual assault and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Jurors were told that Mr Lattlay-Fottfoy says that the allegations have been 'fabricated' by the complainants.

The first alleged victim, who came forward recently aged in his 40s, said the claims were 'dragged out of me' in counselling.

The man, who said he thought he was aged about 10 at the time, says he was abused by Mr Noonan at a derelict old house in the 1980s.

The complainant was in a care home in Manchester at the time, and Mr Noonan was then 16 or 17, the jury were told.

Under cross examination, the complainant, who has a number of convictions including 25 house burglaries, denied he wanted compensation following his allegations against Mr Noonan.

The judge told the jury that the complainant previously received a pay out of £8,500 following allegations at a different care home.

The next complainant, who said he thought he was 16 or 17 at the time of the alleged offences in the 1990s, said he had been openly describing Mr Noonan as 'gay' and 'feared reprisals.' .

He said Mr Noonan approached him in what looked like an ex-police dog van, and claimed he was beaten by a gang of teenagers with hockey sticks after arriving at a house in north Manchester.

Mr Noonan is then accused of indecently assaulting the boy. He is also accused of indecently assaulting the same boy on another occasion.

The complainant reported his allegations to the police after seeing a report in a newspaper about Mr Noonan 'concerning indecency with children', jurors heard. …

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