A 25-year-old Clonmel man, charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy in September 2002, had a number of serious charges against him withdrawn at Clonmel Circuit Court today.  

Noel Hannigan of 41 Cooleen Close, Clonmel is charged with assaulting Brian Rossiter causing him harm at Cashel St, Clonmel on 8 September 2002.

He had also been charged with assault causing serious harm and manslaughter. These two charges have now been withdrawn and the case has been adjourned to 6 December.

Brian Rossiter was brought to Clonmel Garda Station on 10 September 2002 to be questioned in connection with a public order offence.  

He was found unconscious in his garda cell the following morning and was taken to hospital in Cork where he subsequently died.

The circumstances of his arrest and detention are now the subject of an inquiry recently set up by the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell.