Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Gangland style murder rocks village

Forensic officers at the scene of a fatal shooting in the village of Golden, near Clonmel, Co Tipperary

The murder of a man in a gangland style attack has rocked a quiet rural village and left his family suffering a second tragedy.

Shane Rossiter became the 14th victim of gun crime this year when he was shot dead in a house just yards from a church in Golden, Co Tipperary.

The 30-year-old's teenage brother Brian died 10 years ago after he fell into a coma in garda custody in their hometown of Clonmel.

His family, including parents Pat and Siobhan, had campaigned tirelessly for an inquiry, which later ruled there was no evidence of an assault on the 14-year-old who had been arrested for alleged public order.

A family friend said: "It's tough going for them."

Rossiter, who was known to gardai, is the fifth man to be shot dead since September.

He had drug and burglary convictions and detectives are probing several lines of inquiry, including if the killing was connected to a local feud over drugs or if the intended victim was a man from Crumlin, in Dublin, also in the property.

Gardai appealed for any information on the movements of a black coloured car, or anyone acting suspiciously in the area overnight, to come forward.

The gun attack happened on Church Lane, yards from the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in the scenic village, which has a population of around 300.

Parish priest, Fr Pat O'Gorman, revealed he said morning mass for just one parishioner as the laneway was sealed off for a forensic examination.

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