DPP expected to instruct gardai on Dean Fitzpatrick death 'in near future'
Gardaí are still awaiting instructions from the director of public prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the death of Dean Fitzpatrick, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.
The 23-year-old father-of-one from Clarehall in Dublin 13 was fatally injured when he was stabbed during an altercation at the Burnell Square apartments, Northern Cross on the Malahide Road, on May 25 last year. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Gardaí subsequently arrested Dave Mahon, partner of Dean’s mother Audrey Fitzpatrick, and he was later released without charge.
Updating the coroner on the investigation into the death, Detective Inspector Tony Howard said that gardaí submitted a file for consideration by the DPP last November. He added that gardaí are “pretty hopeful” that they will receive directions back “in the very near future”.
Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on March 14.
Dean's mother was present in court, however, she declined to comment following the short hearing.
His funeral was delayed when a legal dispute arose between his separated parents over the funeral arrangements. The body was eventually released to his partner Sarah O’Rourke following proceedings at the High Court.
The dead man was the brother of missing Amy Fitzpatrick, the 15-year-old girl who was last seen leaving a friend's house to go to her home on the Costa del Sol on the evening of New Year’s Day, 2008. The siblings were living in Spain with their mother and Mr Mahon at the time.