Inspector Greg Jago from the Tweed Byron Bay local area command said there was some ''animosity'' between the pair. But Lisa Hochhauser, a lifelong friend of Mr Foss's, believed Mr Mitchell did not have a vendetta against him but, rather, disliked many people and struggled with his addiction.
''He was just a brilliantly funny, crazy bon vivant and an eccentric, loveable character,'' she said. ''The grips of something like alcoholism grab you and pull you down and he was a tenacious character that would always crawl back on top.''
Several Lismore area residents told the Herald yesterday Mr Mitchell was sociable but unpredictable, often yelling at strangers in public.
James Andrew Mitchell, 50, from Nashua, was denied bail in Lismore Local Court yesterday on charges of murder and dangerous driving occasioning death.
a full time volunteer, bike builder and environmentalist.
An hour before he was killed, Mr Foss had helped rescue four people caught in rough seas near the Brunswick River bar. He was riding to an AA meeting in Mullumbimby, a bike ride he did nearly every day, when hit from behind by a Toyota HiAce van, which failed to stop.
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But John Foss, a ''brilliantly funny, crazy bon vivant'' who moved from Sydney to the mid north coast six years ago, allegedly still fell victim to the tragic effects of the addiction on people.
A member of Alcoholics Anonymous driving a white van allegedly mowed down Mr Foss, an AA volunteer, as he rode his motorised bicycle along Coolamon Scenic Drive in Mullumbimby on Tuesday.
Foss mentored, into their Ocean Shores home several times. Once he had visited Ms Turner in an unkempt state and allegedly threatened her with violence.
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A passing lifesaver found Mr Foss, who was taken to Mullumbimby Hospital where he died. ''At least he was riding on the road he loved, on the bike he loved, going to the meeting he loved,'' Ms Turner said.
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She believed he may have been stalking her partner. ''John had tried to help him but I think he had given up. He said he couldn't do enough any more and that someone else had to help him. Whether he had a bee in his bonnet over that, I'm not sure,'' she said.
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Mr Foss had been sober since leaving the Buttery, dedicating his life to volunteer work with AA in Mullumbimby and Marine Rescue NSW in Brunswick Heads, building motorised, environmentally sustainable bikes through his business, Fosscati, and dabbling in his former career as a landscape architect.
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She and her husband, former art auctioneer Robert Bleakley, encouraged him to enter the Buttery, a rehabilitation facility near Bangalow, to overcome his alcoholism in 2007.
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