Saturday 1 October 2016

'I will never forgive him' – grieving father of slain Dean Fitzpatrick lashes out at killer Mahon

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 08/05/2016 | 12:49

Dave Mahon.
Dave Mahon.
Dean Fitzpatrick
Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick, mother of Dean Fitzpatrick, arriving at The Criminal Courts. Photo: Tony Gavin
Audrey Mahon leaving Clover Hill Prison at lunchtime Saturday after visiting her husband David Mahon. She was accompanied on the visit by David Mahon's Father Michael. Pic Steve Humphreys

The grieving father of knife victim Dean Fitzpatrick has said he will “never forgive” killer David Mahon.

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On Friday, Mahon (45) was found guilty of manslaughter for stabbing the 23-year-old in the stomach on May 25, 2013.

Following the verdict, Christopher Fitzpatrick has spoken out about the verdict and the night his son was killed.

“That man is nothing more than a coward. He destroyed all our lives.

"I was with Dean the night Mahon killed him and I told him not to go up to the apartment when he phoned him two times that night.

“I told my son he was sly and I was right, I will never forgive him for taking my son,” he told the Irish Sun.

He also discussed how difficult the trial had been on his family and said it was "heartbreaking" to hear the post-mortem details in court.

Dean, a father-of-one, had received a single stab wound to the stomach following an argument outside the north Dublin apartment Mahon shared with his mother.

Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick, mother of Dean Fitzpatrick, arriving at The Criminal Courts. Photo: Tony Gavin
Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick, mother of Dean Fitzpatrick, arriving at The Criminal Courts. Photo: Tony Gavin

He attempted to run away, but soon collapsed and was tended to by strangers. After suffering massive internal bleeding, he died the following morning.

In 2004, Mahon and Audrey had moved to Spain with her children, Dean and Amy, as the family had business interests there.

Amy (15) went missing in 2008. The court heard that Dean had since suffered with mental health and substance abuse issues, as medical files indicated he had self-harmed and experienced guilt over his sister’s disappearance.

During the trial, the defence suggested that the young man was suicidal and had deliberately run into a knife Mahon was holding.

Dean Fitzpatrick
Dean Fitzpatrick

His father dismissed Mahon’s claim that Dean had a “death wish”.

Dean’s mother Audrey was pictured visiting David Mahon on his first day in prison at Cloverhill yesterday.

She was accompanied by his father Michael.

Mrs Mahon has declined to comment on the outcome of the trial when questioned by the media.

There was little reaction too from Dean's father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, and his family.

A quietly exclaimed "yes" was the simple yet powerful word let out by Mr Fitzpatrick after David Mahon was convicted of killing his son Dean.

The family and loved ones of Dean Fitzpatrick, including his father, aunt and girlfriend, politely declined to comment until the sentencing date on May 30.

Audrey Mahon leaving Clover Hill Prison at lunchtime Saturday after visiting her husband David Mahon. She was accompanied on the visit by David Mahon's Father Michael.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Audrey Mahon leaving Clover Hill Prison at lunchtime Saturday after visiting her husband David Mahon. She was accompanied on the visit by David Mahon's Father Michael. Pic Steve Humphreys

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