Tuesday 25 October 2016

'We don’t know where Amy is and we just want her home' - Father of missing Amy Fitzpatrick in first ever television interview

Geraldine Gittens

Published 19/09/2016 | 23:35

Christopher Fitzpatrick. Photo: RTE
Christopher Fitzpatrick. Photo: RTE
Christopher Fitzpatrick with RTE presenter Claire Byrne. Photo: RTE
Amy Fitzpatrick, who has been missing for over eight years Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Victim Dean Fitzpatrick
David Mahon arrives in court with his wife, Audrey. Photo: Collins

The father of missing Irish woman Amy Fitzpatrick has issued an appeal to the public for information about his daughter’s whereabouts.

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In his first ever televised interview, Amy’s father Christopher told Claire Byrne Live tonight about the heartache he has suffered since his daughter’s disappearance in Spain on New Year’s Day in 2008.

“My life has never been the same, it’s never been the same like.”

“Amy had a devotion, with me like, we had a good connection. I say, she used to tell me stuff and I’d tell her stuff and if she you know...  she wouldn’t do anything bad around me or anything like that, she was a good girl like, you know?”

"All we want is Amy home… if she is alive somewhere we just want her home”.

He continued: "Amy was a lovely child, she was very caring, she even collected money for the hospice at one time like, you know? She loved her pets and stuff like that, her ambition was to be a vet and obviously that she’s not around she won’t get to do anything like that.”

“The fight still goes on for Amy obviously to find out where she is and what happened to her like, we’d like people to come forward like that, you know, haven’t come forward before that have information about the situation, and about Amy.”

Amy’s brother Dean Fitzpatrick was killed by their stepfather Dave Mahon in 2013.   Last June Mahon was given a seven-year sentence for manslaughter.  Christopher told Claire about the void that has been left in his life as a result of losing his two children.

"[Dean] was in the house when the calls came in, a call... two calls came in for him, off Dave Mahon for him to go up to the apartment, it was something to do with his Mother wasn’t well like and .. to get him up... he was rushing him up there ... and he said to Dean ‘how long will you be?’ and he said ‘about fifteen minutes’ so fifteen minutes passed by but we had to try and get a bike for Dean to get up to the apartment, so we got the bike and he got the second phone call and then he asked him again ‘how long will you be?’ and he said ‘about fifteen minutes I have the bike now, I’ll be up now’ like.”

“So he says to me ‘I have to go it’s me Ma it’s me Ma’ so I just said to him ‘watch yourself he’s a bit sly that fella’ like, you know? So off he went and that was the last I seen of him until I seen him in the hospital.”

“I couldn’t stop him because it was for his Mother and he was devoted to his Mother like, he loved his Mother and he would have done anything for her, and he knew that. That was the only way to get him up to that apartment like, was to say that there was something wrong with his Mother, that’s the only reason he went up.”

When Claire Byrne put it to Christopher that earlier this year, in 2016, Dave Mahon was found guilty of Dean’s manslaughter, but in 2015 Christopher’s ex-wife married Dave Mahon, Christopher said: “I think it’s crazy.”

But he said: “I’m just gonna go on, like, all I want is Amy home, if she’s passed, I just want her to go with Dean, but like, if she’s alive somewhere we just want her home.

“Amy and Dean are always on me mind like, at least I know where Dean is now like, he’s in the place where he’s meant to be like, you know? But we don’t know where Amy is and we just want Amy home, that’s all.”

He again appealed for anyone with information on Amy’s disappearance to come forward.

“People are probably afraid to say anything or whatever at the moment, but I’m urging them just come forward. They don’t have to present themselves or anything, just pass on the information, that’s all.”

“It’s just heart-breaking, it really is like, you know? I mean I just... I can’t put it into words like, you know, it’s just something that shouldn’t be happening, it shouldn’t have happened like, ever like.”

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