Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Whenever I Asked Tony What He Was Doing, He Always Said: Never Ask'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Whenever I Asked Tony What He Was Doing, He Always Said: Never Ask'

Article excerpt

TWO hundred people attended Tony Johnson's funeral in 1991 in a 30-strong motorcade. His family and friends had to abandon plans to hold a service in Southern Cemetery's chapel and held an open-air ceremony instead.

The woman who raised him, Winnie Johnson, said at the time: "As if I have not suffered long enough over Keith. I just cannot believe that another murder should hit us.

"Whenever in recent years I saw Tony and asked what he was doing he always said 'never ask'."

A well-respected woman, Winnie died in August 2012, aged 78. She outlived the men accused of murdering her grandson.

Desmond Noonan, who with his brothers claimed to 'rule Manchester', was stabbed to death by a crack dealer in March 2005 at the age of 45. His brother, Damien, had been killed in a motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic at the age of 37, two years earlier. …

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