Saturday 23 June 2018

Pictured: Audrey Fitzpatrick joins killer husband Dave Mahon on visit to hospital

Dave Mahon at the Eye and Ear Hospital on Adelaide Street Photo: Mick O'Neill
Dave Mahon at the Eye and Ear Hospital on Adelaide Street Photo: Mick O'Neill

Eugene Masterson

THE mother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick has remained loyal to her husband Dave Mahon while he serves a prison sentence for stabbing her son to death.

Audrey Fitzpatrick accompanied the killer to a hospital appointment on Friday, only days after marking the 10th anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance in Spain.

Audrey was photographed at her husband’s side as he was taken in handcuffs to Dublin’s Eye and Ear Hospital by two prison officers.

It marks the first time the couple have been seen together since Mahon was jailed in 2016 for killing her son, Dean Fitzpatrick.

Audrey was accompanied by Mahon’s father, who has also continued to visit him in Wheatfield Prison, where he is serving a sentence for manslaughter.

Dressed in black and carrying a red bag, Audrey was photographed walking behind her partner during his hospital visit.

Audrey Fitzpatrick outside of the hospital
Photo: Mick O'Neill
Audrey Fitzpatrick outside of the hospital Photo: Mick O'Neill

She then visited him that afternoon in prison.

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Mahon was jailed for seven years after he stabbed Dean to death in Dublin in 2013, in a row over a bicycle water bottle.

He was convicted of manslaughter, with the jury dismissing his claim that Dean had deliberately taken his own life by running into the knife Mahon was brandishing.

Audrey’s daughter Amy, then aged 15, disappeared on January 1, 2008, having spent New Year’s Eve with her friends Ashley and Debbie Rose near her home on the Costa del Sol.

She was never seen again after leaving the house to walk a few minutes back to her own house.

Audrey said at the time that Amy never made it back to the house, which she shared with Mahon.

It was previously revealed that a letter was sent to the Irish embassy in Madrid by a concerned adult friend of Amy’s, Pearl Cantlie, warning that Mahon posed a danger to the teenager and predicting she could disappear.

Audrey's son Dean Fitzpatrick, who was killed by Dave Mahon.
Audrey's son Dean Fitzpatrick, who was killed by Dave Mahon.

“Amy is scared for her own safety in terms of possible violence. My family are also at risk of threats and violence,” Ms Cantlie wrote.

Since Mahon was jailed for killing Dean, Audrey has re-located to Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, but continues to visit him in prison.

She said that “nothing can compare with the tragedy of Dean’s loss” and added that she has “forgiven Dave” but has “not forgotten” what happened.

Dean and Amy’s heartbroken father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, recently said he is still devastated by the tragic fate of the two children he had with Audrey.

Amy had moved to Spain with her mother following the breakup of her parents’ marriage.

“I am devastated over the loss of my two children. Things will never be the same since Dave Mahon came into my children’s lives,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

Speaking to the Herald previously, Amy’s aunt Christine Kenny begged for “someone with a heart” to tell the family what happened to her.

“All we need is for someone with a heart and a conscience to come forward and tell us what happened to Amy,” she said.

“The way it happened with Dean, we’re broken-hearted.”

She added that the family had not given up hope of finding Amy, despite the passage of time.

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