Man sentenced to life for Shane Rossiter murder

Shane Rossiter

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Shane Rossiter in Co Tipperary.

Maurice Power of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir was found guilty of shooting the 29-year-old following a house party in October 2012.

Shane Rossiter died after he was shot twice following a house party at his rented home in the village of Golden in South Tipperary at around 6.30am on October 17, 2012.

One witness described seeing the barrel of a shotgun coming out of a car window before hearing a shot being fired.

From the outset of his trial, Maurice Power denied murdering the 29-year-old but the court heard that after he was charged, he made some admissions.

He told gardaí: "There was tension between them because of a stabbing and he thought he was being set up when he saw Shane Rossiter walking towards him" that morning.

He said he fired a shot believing that Shane had a hand gun and that it was a case of kill or be killed.

After his conviction, the victim's family described the killing as an "evil act that will haunt them forever" before Power was handed down the mandatory life sentence.

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