Friday 22 September 2017

Gardai 'hopeful' that DPP will decide soon on Dean death file

Audrey Fitzpatrick, inset, Dean Fitzpatrick
Audrey Fitzpatrick, inset, Dean Fitzpatrick

Gareth Naughton

GARDAI are still awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the death of Dean Fitzpatrick, the brother of missing Amy Fitzpatrick.

The 23-year-old father of one, from Clarehall, north Dublin, 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.

Dean (pictured) was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Gardai arrested Dave Mahon, who is the partner of Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick, but he was later released without charge.

Mr Mahon admitted he stabbed Dean but said it was in self-defence and that he had no idea of the severity of the wound.

Updating the coroner on the investigation into the death, Detective Inspector Tony Howard told the hearing at Dublin Coroner's Court that gardai submitted a file for consideration by the DPP last November.

Det Insp added that gardai were "pretty hopeful" that they would receive directions back "in the very near future".

Coroner Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on March 14.

Dean's mother was present in court, but declined to comment following the short hearing.

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 at the time.

Irish Independent

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