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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Australia deported Tipperary shooting victim a month ago

Shane Rossiter (30) was deported from Australia for criminal behaviour.
Shane Rossiter (30) was deported from Australia for criminal behaviour.

Barry Duggan

A MURDER victim shot dead in a quiet Tipperary village had been deported from Australia a month ago.

Gardai investigating the murder of Shane Rossiter (30) in his house in Golden, Co Tipperary, are focusing their enquiries on Clonmel-based criminals where the victim is originally from.

The Irish Independent can today reveal that Rossiter was deported from Australia for criminal behaviour.

By 2008, Rossiter had earned almost 20 criminal convictions for numerous offences committed in Tipperary including assault, burglary, sale and supply of drugs and public order offences.

He left for Australia in recent years and stayed in Sydney and Perth before he was deported.

Sources have indicated that following his return to Ireland, tensions between Rossiter and Clonmel-based criminals escalated and he moved to Dublin.

While staying in the capital, Rossiter began associating with a well-known Dublin criminal.

The same criminal was with him in the house when he was shot dead on Wednesday morning.

The Dublin criminal had moved from his home in Crumlin to Golden after receiving a death threat from members of a rival gang.

The threat was made shortly after the murder of his associate Declan O'Reilly in Dublin last month.

One theory gardai are investigating is that Rossiter may have owed a debt to a gang involved in drugs and other crimes in Tipperary.

Officers are now attempting to trace his movements in Dublin and Tipperary after returning from Australia.

They were unaware that he was living in Golden until he was shot. The victim is a brother of Brian Rossiter, who was 14 when he died three days after being found unconscious in a cell at Clonmel garda station a decade ago.

Getaway

The scene where the murder took place at Chapel Lane in Golden remained sealed off throughout yesterday as searches continued at the house and in the surrounding areas.

During the shooting, two other men -- including the Dublin criminal -- raced into nearby fields as the gunman made his getaway in a car.

No arrests have yet been made.

House-to-house enquiries continued in Golden as the rural community attempted to return to normal.

Among the areas searched were clothing and bottle bins adjacent to the house where Rossiter was shot as well as a nearby graveyard.

Officers were searching for vital evidence possibly left behind by the killers.

Irish Independent

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