Missing Amy's stepdad denies driving charges
THE stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who vanished in Spain five years ago, has denied claims he was involved in a dangerous drink-driving incident in Dublin on New Year's Day.
Amy was 15 when she vanished on the night of January 1 2008. She had left a friend's house on the Costa del Sol to walk to her own home less than 2km away but did not arrive.
A massive police search and investigation has so far failed to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and her stepfather David Mahon have continued an appeal, including a reward, for information leading to the discovery of Amy who is originally from Donaghmede in Dublin.
Mr Mahon (42) had been charged earlier with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was breathalysed near his home at Lorcan Drive, in Santry, in Dublin on January 1, the fifth anniversary of his step-daughter's disappearance.
Yesterday, at Dublin District Court, Judge Ann Watkin heard that five more charges had been brought against Mr Mahon.
Garda Ciaran Kennedy told Judge Watkin that Mr Mahon made no reply yesterday morning when they were put to him and there was no objection to bail.
He also said the new charges arise out of the same incident.
The five additional charges are for careless driving at Lorcan Drive and dangerous driving at four other locations, the M50/M1 roundabout, Swords Road, the M1 and the M50 in Santry, on January 1.
Mr Mahon's defence counsel told Judge Ann Watkin that a hearing date was required and confirmed that his client was pleading not guilty.
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