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Thursday 18 September 2014

Amy's stepdad vows to 'clear name' over her brother's death

Published 22/03/2014 | 02:30

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Dave Mahon at Dublin Airport. Photo: Steve Humphreys
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THE stepfather of missing Amy Fitzpatrick – who is also implicated in the death of her brother – says he is willing to risk a lengthy jail term to clear his name.

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Looking gaunt and visibly upset, Dave Mahon touched down in Dublin Airport yesterday ahead of a scheduled court appearance next week.

"I live in a prison – inside myself – every day of the week," he said.

Mr Mahon insisted he is an innocent man who is willing to face down whatever charges are brought against him.

He is now facing a number of charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of Dean Fitzpatrick after a file was sent to the DPP.

Mr Mahon said he is fully aware he may be looking at a jail sentence, but is "going to take whatever happens on the chin".

''But it's tough, as you can see," he said. "I'm over here for Audrey, she wanted to come back with me, but she couldn't.

"I honestly don't know – it is what it is. But whatever happens in the future I will take it on the chin.''

Mr Mahon said he doesn't know what charges he will face, but vowed to voluntarily hand himself over to gardai next Wednesday at 9.30am.

He said he has made it clear to gardai all along that he would return to Ireland from Spain if charges were ever brought against him.

"I had given my word,'' he added. "I made that clear to them before leaving – and that was always going to be the case.

"I've come back home for Audrey who's really not coping well with everything. She's in bits and is really in a bad way with her health."

Mr Mahon, who currently lives in Spain with Amy's mother Audrey, had been asked by gardai to return to Ireland, on foot of the DPP ruling.

The charges relate to the death of Mr Fitzpatrick (23), who was fatally stabbed during a scuffle at Burnell Square, at Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road on May 25 last year.

He said Audrey was in favour of him returning to Ireland. "Audrey's delighted that we have a decision – so let's get on with it," he said.

Mr Mahon has admitted Mr Fitzparick's killing but said that it was accidental.

Gardai arrested Mr Mahon, but later released him without charge, while a file was prepared for the DPP.

Amy's mother is suffering from potentially fatal liver disease and is in need of a transplant "as soon as possible", he said. "She has big-time health problems and her weight has now plummeted to seven and a half stone.'

"I have her full support in every way. She's fully behind me, 100pc.

"What I have to do now is be strong for the both of us. She wanted to come with me to Ireland, but we simply couldn't afford the ticket to be honest with you. I don't think she'd be able to fly anyway," he explained.

"She needs a liver transplant and we're waiting on a letter from the doctors. She seriously needs one – she's not in a good way at all.''

Referring to Mr Fitzpatrick as "my stepson", he said he was still haunted by the events that led up to his death.

''I will have to face whatever happens,'' he added.

Irish Independent

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