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Thursday 18 September 2014

Murder accused felt relief after death of Shane Rossiter, trial told

Anne Sharkey

Published 22/05/2014 | 19:20

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Shane Rossiter

A MAN accused of murder said he felt ‘relieved’ since the death of Shane Rossiter in 2012, his trial was told today.

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Maurice Power (31), of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr  Rossiter in Co Tipperary on October 17 that year.

Anthony Sammon SC, prosecuting, confirmed with Detective Garda Adrian Cooke that the accused told gardai: “It ends now with him gone and me going to jail – no one else gets hurt.”

When asked about the weapon used, the accused had said: “It’s gone and it’ll never be used again. It’s in bits’. When asked by gardai how he had disposed of the weapon he had said: ‘With a grinder’.

Asked how he felt since he shot Shane, the accused had replied ‘very relieved, like a serious weight was lifted. I feel safer and happier’.

Under cross examination by Dominic McGinn SC, defending, Detective Garda Larry Burgan was asked about time spent with the accused outside formal interviews.

“What jury will not have realised is that outside the video recorded interviews you and other guards had a great deal of time with Mr Power,” said Mr McGinn.

“The gap between interview 6 and 7 was a watershed moment.”

Mr McGinn put it to Detective Burgan that interaction with Mr Power outside normal interviews had involved “bullying and cajoling”.

Detective Burgan rejected Mr McGinn’s assertion, saying “everything he said was of his own free will”.

The trial continues before a jury of seven women and five men with Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy presiding.

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