Man gets life in jail for murder of Shane Rossiter

Thursday 05 June 2014 23.56
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Shane Rossiter was shot twice with a shotgun in October 2012
Shane Rossiter was shot twice with a shotgun in October 2012
Maurice Power admitted his part in the murder of Shane Rossiter
Maurice Power admitted his part in the murder of Shane Rossiter

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of another man in Co Tipperary in 2012.

Maurice Power of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir, was found guilty of the murder of 29-year-old Shane Rossiter at a house in the village of Golden in 2012.

Mr Rossiter was shot twice with a shotgun at his rented home on 17 October 2012.

Power admitted his part in the murder of Mr Rossiter.

He told gardaí that afterwards he destroyed the murder weapon, a shotgun, with a grinder and burned the getaway car along with the clothes he was wearing.

Power stabbed Mr Rossiter nine years ago because he thought he had been cheating in a poker game.

Although they had been friends since childhood there was tension between them after that incident.

Power also told gardaí that after the murder he felt happier, safer and very relieved - like a serious weight had been lifted.

Today Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy sentenced Power to the mandatory term of life in prison. 

The Rossiter family described the killing as an evil act that will haunt them forever.