Friday 19 January 2018

Mother of slain Dean settles €60k claim over footpath fall

Audrey Mahon with her husband Dave Mahon, who was convicted of killing her son last week (Collins Dublin)
Audrey Mahon with her husband Dave Mahon, who was convicted of killing her son last week (Collins Dublin)

Ray Managh

The mother of slain Dean Fitzpatrick, who died in a knife incident involving his stepfather Dave Mahon, today settled a €60,000 damages claim against Dublin City Council and Irish Water.

Audrey Mahon alleged in proceedings in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that she had been injured when her foot went into an open shore on Lorcan Drive, Santry, Dublin, on May 29 2014.

Barrister Conor Kearney, who appeared with solicitor Sandra McAleer for Ms Mahon, told Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain that following talks the claim had settled and could be struck out with no further order. Details of the amount of the settlement were not disclosed.

Mrs Mahon, described as a home maker whose address was given as Lorcan Drive, Santry, Dublin, alleged that as she was walking on the public footpath on Lorcan Drive her left foot "suddenly and without warning" went into an open water shore, causing her to fall heavily to the ground.

She claimed she injured her left knee which she had X-rayed at Beaumont Hospital. No bone injury had been detected apart from bruising and tenderness of the left patella area.

In her civil bill, Mrs Mahon, who will turn 48 next Tuesday, May 17, stated that due to a liver condition she had been unable to take strong painkillers.

Following the fall, she complained of intermittent aching in her knee and had been unable to wear high heels.

The mother of two - who married partner Dave Mahon last year - claimed she had suffered pain and distress and discomfort which had disrupted her social, domestic and recreational life.

Mrs Mahon's daughter Amy has been missing from Spain since January 2008.

Dave Mahon was found guilty of her son Dean Fitzpatrick's manslaughter last Friday.

Mr Mahon had denied killing father-of-one Fitzpatrick at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, off the Malahide Road in Dublin, on May 26, 2013, a day after the deceased interfered with his bicycle to annoy him.

A jury of six men and six women took over eight hours to reach a majority decision of 10-2 that Mahon was not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Audrey Mahon has continued to stand by her son's killer, and has been visiting him at Cloverhill Prison over the last number of days.

It also emerged that the presiding judge warned Mrs Mahon about her behaviour during the trial, threatening to ban her from the courtroom if she could not control herself.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan gave the stark warning to Mrs Mahon on the second day of the trial, following her outburst in the middle of the evidence of taxi driver Karl O'Toole.

Grieving Christopher Fitzpatrick, who is the father of Dean and his missing sister Amy, said Mahon has "destroyed all their lives".

Irish Independent

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