05 December 2005

Inquiry into Brian Rossiter case to get underway


05/12/2005 - 07:38:22

A sworn inquiry into the case of a teenage boy who died following a night in garda custody is due to begin hearing evidence from witnesses today.

Fourteen-year-old Brian Rossiter died in hospital two days after he was found unconscious in a cell at Clonmel garda station in Co Tipperary in September 2002.

He had earlier been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell has appointed barrister Hugh Hartnett to investigate the circumstances surrounding his arrest and detention.

Around 100 witnesses are expected to give evidence to Mr Hartnett during private hearings in the next three months at Dublin's Distillery Building.

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