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Missing Amy's stepdad allowed travel to Spain


David Mahon with his wife Audrey Fitzpatrick

David Mahon with his wife Audrey Fitzpatrick

David Mahon with his wife Audrey Fitzpatrick

The stepdad of missing Amy Fitzpatrick has been granted bail to go to Spain for a fortnight in September while he awaits trial for the murder of the teenager's brother Dean.

Gardaí objected to the application from David Mahon, who is charged with killing Dean Fitzpatrick (23) on May 26, 2013 at Northern Cross on Dublin's Malahide Road.

The Central Criminal Court heard Mr Mahon, of Ongar Village, Clonsilla, wanted to vary his signing-on conditions in order to travel to Spain from September 1 to 15 ahead of his trial, which starts next April.

He currently signs on three times a week and the gardaí are in possession of his passport.

Detective Sergeant Edward Carroll of Coolock Garda Station told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy that Mr Mahon had previously missed signing-on days and he believed the 44-year-old was a flight risk.

However, Mr Justice McCarthy permitted him to go to Spain but warned he "will face the consequences" if he does not meet his bail conditions.

The judge said Mr Mahon could travel on condition he furnish his address in Spain to gardaí within seven days of yesterday's date and give his passport back to gardaí on the day he returns from Spain.

Mr Mahon married Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick last month. Ms Fitzpatrick's daughter Amy (15) disappeared close to the couple's home in Spain on January 1, 2008.

Irish Independent