Saturday 14 December 2019

Evidence 'compelling' against Rossiter murder accused, prosecutor says

Shane Rossiter
Shane Rossiter

Anne Sharkey

THE jury at the murder trial of a man accused of shooting Shane Rossiter have been told they can “happily convict” the accused because the evidence is “compelling”.

Maurice Power (31), of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Rossiter (29) in Tipperary on October 17, 2012.

In his closing speech at the Central Criminal Court this morning, Anthony Sammon SC, prosecuting, reminded the jury that the case involves both circumstantial confessional evidence.

Mr Sammon spoke of Mr Powers’ car being seen “burning in a bog” as being central to evidence.

He referenced the evidence of Sharon O’Donnell questioning why Mr Power would come to her asking for the chip from her CCTV system.

Counsel went on to say that Mr Power made a very detailed confession in the course of interviewing in which he confirms the items of circumstantial evidence.

The jury were reminded of other matters consistent with guilt such as the disposal of Mr Powers mobile phone as well as his reference to shooting Shane Rossiter twice.

Mr Sammon concluded that “this is a man who is very relieved” and “no longer has to look over his shoulder because there is no Mr Rossiter”.

“You are not jurors dealing with a case where you have to struggle – you can happily convict Mr Power because the evidence is compelling.”

The trial continues this afternoon.

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