Court allows missing Amy Fitzpatrick's stepdad to visit Spain for vigil
Published 17/06/2014 | 12:40
A 43-YEAR-OLD man accused of the murder of his partner’s son following a fatal stabbing has had his bail conditions relaxed so he can attend a vigil in Spain for his missing stepdaughter.
Dave Mahon (43) is accused of killing Dean Fitzpatrick, whose body was found at an apartment at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, on May 26 last year. He has denied murdering his stepson and is due to face trial in July next year.
Dean, originally from Donaghmede, was the brother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who disappeared in Spain six years ago.
The siblings moved to Spain in 2004 and were living there with their mother, Audrey, and her partner, Mr Mahon, when Amy went missing.
She was last seen walking home from a friend’s house on the Costa del Sol at around 10pm on New Year’s Day 2008.
Mr Mahon was before the High Court yesterday, seeking to vary his bail so he can organise and attend a vigil and Mass for Amy at Christmas.
As part of his High Court bail, he must reside at Lorcan Drive, Santry, and sign on daily at his local garda station. He has also surrendered his passport.
Gda Brendan Meares objected to the bail change, saying that with a passport the accused can travel anywhere.
In evidence, Mr Mahon said he helps organise a vigil and Mass every year to “keep Amy in the public eye”.
He said he was applying for the return of his passport now because it takes months to organise the Mass and vigil.
The court heard Mr Mahon is complying fully with his bail conditions.
Ms Justice Marie Baker said Amy’s disappearance was a terrible tragedy and it was important to keep her memory alive.
She ordered Mr Mahon’s passport be returned to him between December 17 and January 5, 2015. The sign on and residency conditions are also relaxed between those dates.
However, Mr Mahon must provide gardai with a contact number in Spain.