Mother's plea for husband accused of murdering her son
Grieving mother Audrey Mahon says she needs her husband David to travel to Portugal with her, to help her cope with the stress ahead of his trial for the alleged murder of her son.
David Mahon (44), of Ongar Village, Clonsilla, is charged with murdering Dean Fitzpatrick (23) on May 26, 2013 at Northern Cross on Dublin's Malahide Road. The trial is due to begin in April 2016.
Mr Mahon appeared in front of Justice Margaret Heneghan to apply for a variation of his bail application to allow him to travel to Portugal for two weeks. The application was refused by Justice Margaret Heneghan.
Ms Mahon took the stand to say that since the disappearance of her daughter Amy in Spain eight years ago, she has suffered mental health problems. She said her psychiatrist had recommended that she travel to Portugal to rest and relax.
She agreed with John Fitzgerald BL, representing Mr Mahon, that she is on antidepressants, that she has chronic liver disease and takes sleeping tablets.
"I have been getting more stressed with the court case coming up," she added.
She said she had chosen to go to Portugal rather than Spain because she needs to rest and relax and when she is in Spain she cannot stop working on the quest to find Amy.
"This trip to Portugal aims to be something different," she said. "I have to relax and have a break. Every time I have gone to Spain, it's not a holiday - it's working for Amy."
Garret Baker BL, representing the State, said that the medical report given to the court said Ms Mahon would benefit from a trip to Portugal, but did not say it was essential. He also pointed out the report did not recommend Mr Mahon travel.
Ms Mahon responded that if he does not go, she will not be able to travel.
"I need him with me," she said. "He is my full-time carer. If I get the holiday on my own I can't go. He has looked after me since all this happened."
Justice Heneghan, who refused a similar application last week, said she had heard nothing to change her mind.