Sunday 18 February 2018

Man (29) remanded in custody on Rossiter murder charge

Conor Kane

A MAN has been remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of a man who was shot dead in October.

Maurice 'Mossy' Power (29), with an address at Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir, Co Tipperary, was brought before a special sitting of Clonmel District Court after being charged with the murder of Shane Rossiter (30).

The court heard that after being charged at the garda station, the accused said: "The man would still be alive today if he didn't drive me to what I done."

Mr Rossiter was shot dead at about 6.45 on the morning of October 19 after he answered the front door at a house at Church Lane in the village of Golden, Co Tipperary.

His younger brother, Brian Rossiter, was 14 when he died in hospital in 2002, three days after falling into a coma at Clonmel garda station after being arrested under the Public Order Act.

Mr Rossiter's father, Pat Rossiter, and uncle, Michael Keating, sat at the opposite side of the courtroom from the accused, who was brought from the garda station by three detectives in an unmarked patrol car.

Mr Power was not called upon to speak during the court sitting except when he was asked by Judge Terence Finn to confirm his identity and age.

Sergeant John Keane told the court he arrested Mr Power at 8.40pm on Saturday night at Clonmel garda station and charged him at 9.27pm. The accused said, in reply to the charge: "The man would still be alive today if he didn't drive me to what I done."

Inspector Patrick O'Callaghan asked for the accused to be remanded in custody and solicitor Eamonn Hayes asked that legal aid be granted as the accused was on social welfare.

Judge Finn granted free legal aid and remanded the accused to appear before Cashel District Court this Wednesday.

Seven people were arrested last Monday as part of the investigation and a further three people were detained last Tuesday. All but three of the 10 – eight men and two women ranging in age from early 20s to early 40s – have been released without charge.

As well as Mr Power, two men remain in custody.

Irish Independent

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