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Justice for Noah Family of tragic Noah Donohoe hopeful after 'frank and constructive' meeting with PSNI

Meeting comes after confirmation that a 29 year-old woman will face criminal charges over discovery of the 14 year-old’s laptop

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Noah with his mother Fiona.

Noah with his mother Fiona.

Fiona Donohoe with her sister Niamh

Fiona Donohoe with her sister Niamh

Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

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Noah with his mother Fiona.

The family of late teenager Noah Donohoe said they are hoping for a “more positive” relationship with police after a holding a long-awaited meeting with PSNI chief Simon Byrne.

On Friday, Noah’s mum Fiona and aunt Niamh meet with the Chief Constable and Head of the Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea over concerns surrounding the police investigation into Noah’s death.

In a statement the family said: “We had a frank and constructive meeting for an hour and twenty-five minutes, wherein we conveyed our frustrations and concerns.

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Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Chief Constable Simon Byrne

“We feel the Chief Constable and senior detective John McVea listened earnestly and they have undertaken to return to us in writing.

“We are hopeful for a more positive relationship going forward and look forward to receiving clarification on the issues raised. We are assured that the door remains open for future engagement.”

The meeting comes after confirmation that a 29 year-old woman will face criminal charges over the discovery of the 14 year-old’s laptop which went missing as police and rescue workers searched for the schoolboy last June.

West Belfast woman Maria Nolan is listed to appear before Laganside Magistrates Court on May 17 on a single charge of receiving stolen goods.

The Sunday World previously revealed that Maria was found in possession of the child’s computer at her city centre hostel room days after his mysterious disappearance.

She claimed to have been passed the laptop, which went missing along with Noah’s rucksack and other belongings, by career criminal Daryl Paul.

Earlier this year, the 33 year-old from north Belfast was sentenced to three months in prison for theft after a court heard he had tried to cash the computer in at a city centre store in the middle of a search operation for the St Malachy’s College pupil.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard how three days into a widespread search operation for the 14 year-old, an anonymous caller contacted police to claim that Daryl Paul was in possession of the boy’s bag, laptop, books and coat.

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Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

At a separate High Court bail hearing, a Crown prosecutor revealed that after failing to cash in Noah’s laptop at a city centre Cash Convertors store, Paul had tried once again to sell the computer at a party.

The prosecutor said the caller claimed that Paul had attempted to sell the laptop directly to them at the gathering.

The following day, police forced their way into Paul’s flat and recovered the rucksack and schoolbooks with Noah’s name on them.

His laptop was later recovered by officers in the Queen’s Quarter Housing hostel room of Maria Nolan, who told police she had no idea who owned the laptop and claimed she had been asked by Paul to look after it for him.

She was questioned by police but released without charge.

It’s now came to light that a decision to charge the 29-year-old was made in December.

It’s understood the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) sent out a summons by post to her home but received no reply.

Police are arranging to have the summons delivered to Ms Nolan by personal service.

The St Malachy’s College pupil disappeared after leaving his home in the Ormeau Road area of south Belfast on his bike on Sunday June 21 last year.

He was making his way to Cave Hill Country Park to meet friends but never arrived.

CCTV recorded the teenager on his bike, wearing a helmet, in the Northwood Road area of north Belfast between 6.03pm and 6.11pm.

Noah was reportedly seen cycling naked and police had initially said he may have fallen from his bike and possibly sustained a head injury, causing him to behave out of character.

On June 27, Noah’s body was found in a storm drain off the Shore Road. A post-mortem examination found he had drowned.

However, Fiona Donohoe recently said she had “so many issues” regarding the case, the search and the police strategy.


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