Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dean had just started to talk about missing Amy

Young man was 'opening up for the first time', his grieving father reveals

Dean Fitzpatrick and his missing sister Amy
Dean Fitzpatrick and his missing sister Amy
Dean’s aunt Christine, his partner Sarah O’Rourke and his father Christopher at home in Donaghmede, Dublin.
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

THE father of Dean Fitzpatrick has told how his son was beginning to open up for the first time about his missing sister, Amy, in the weeks before he was stabbed to death.

Christopher Fitzpatrick said Dean, 23, was "talking more" about his 15-year-old sister who vanished in Spain in 2008.

Dean was stabbed last Saturday night by his mother Audrey's partner, Dave Mahon.

It has been learnt that in the hours before he died, Dean received two telephone calls from Mr Mahon, asking him to call to his apartment.

Mr Mahon turned himself in to police the following day and claimed he killed his partner's son in self-defence.

Christopher said: "He was with me earlier on that day. He got two calls."

Dean had to borrow a bike to cycle to Mr Mahon's apartment near Clare Hall in north Dublin before 11pm. He was discovered dying of a single stab wound at the entrance to the apartment block at 11.20pm.

His aunt, Christine, described how they were summoned to hospital later that night. "We went up to Beaumont Hospital. Surgeons called us into a family room and three surgeons explained the situation, what had happened to him," she said.

"When I saw that room, I said to Christopher you would want to prepare yourself, because you are only called in there when something has happened."

Speaking in advance of Dean's funeral in Dublin, Christopher said he had "no choice" but to ask the High Court to resolve a dispute with Dean's mother over his final burial place.

Dean's mother, Audrey, wanted him to be buried alongside her own mother in Fingal cemetery. However, Christopher wanted Dean to be buried in a separate grave, that would also provide a resting place for Amy, should she be found.

However, the family came to an agreement and vowed to set aside their differences, as his body was released to his girlfriend, Sarah O'Rourke, with whom he had an 18-month-old son, Leon.

That was reflected yesterday when Christopher, accompanied by his family, and Audrey, accompanied by friends, arrived within minutes of each other at Jennings funeral home in Coolock where Dean lay in repose. Dean's partner, Sarah, was also present. She told the Sunday Independent yesterday: "He was a brilliant father. He was a good partner . . . I'll just tell Leon the way he was; he was a good dad and he did his best for him."

The tragedy is the second to hit the family, following the disappearance of Amy five years ago. Her aunt, Christine Fitzpatrick, said she hoped Dean's death might at least help bring to light new information about what happened to his missing sister.

Sunday Independent

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