Audrey Fitzpatrick was 'hoodwinked' into thinking hitman murdered missing Amy
'I personally think now that someone might have had a grudge against him and used us as the big thicks'
The mother of missing Amy Fitzpatrick has revealed that she was fooled into believing that a gangland hitman murdered her daughter.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star the mother-of-two, whose son Dean was killed by jailed husband Dave Mahon, now concedes that Eric 'Lucky' Wilson did not murder her 15-year-old daughter.
Tragic Amy vanished in the Spain on New Year's Day 2008.
In 2012 Audrey claimed in her book that she and Dave were told by an underworld figure who told them that Wilson, who is serving a 23-year-sentence for the murder of Englishman Daniel Smith, was responsible for the disappearance.
Gardaí and Spanish police had both ruled out the possibility and now Audrey (48) has conceded that this is the case.
"I think we might have been hoodwinked into making him out to be the big bad guy," Audrey told the Irish Star.
"I personally think now that someone might have had a grudge against him and used us as the big thicks."
She continued: "Everyone was searching for Amy so they put his name out there and of course we grabbed it."
Mahon was sentenced to seven years in jail in April for the manslaughter of his stepson Dean Fitzpatrick.
The killer was reportedly assaulted in the shower area of Wheatfield Prison’s gym.
The Dubliner, who was jailed for seven years, was recently left with a fractured jaw after an incident at Wheatfield Prison.
He claimed that he “slipped and fell” in the shower, but a source told the Sunday World that he is refusing to tell officers who assaulted him.