Dead man had lengthy string of convictions
SHANE Rossiter was a well-known criminal in Co Tipperary.
Before emigrating to Australia several years ago, he had convictions for assault, burglary, sale and supply of drugs and public order offences and had spent time in prison.
Addiction was a recurring theme throughout his younger years -- he took amphetamines, smoked cannabis and drank heavily.
He returned home in recent months and spent much of his time in Clonmel, but gardai said he had stayed "under the radar".
In June 2008 Rossiter was sentenced to two months' imprisonment for failing to appear before Clonmel District Court.
He was convicted of obstructing gardai when they raided a party in the town on October 16, 2004.
Rossiter was told to take off his hoodie and, as he did so, a garda saw him pull small white items out of his shirt pocket and put them in his mouth.
Rossiter was with two other men in a car in Tipperary on July 23, 2004, which was stopped by gardai. A search revealed a hatchet, baseball bat, pick-axe handle, metal pipe, balaclava and two bullets.
The three were charged with carrying the weapons with the purpose of injuring others, but were acquitted in 2005 after they claimed the weapons were for hunting rabbits.
He was also sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting a man in Tipperary in July 2003 and was convicted of having drugs worth €450 for sale or supply in Clonmel on August 22, 2003.