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Sunday 25 February 2018

Dean's family complain to gardai after stepdad spotted in car close to house

Dean Fitzpatrick, brother of Missing Amy his Grandparents,Maura and Joe Donohoe who celebrated their 80th Birthdays, pictured at their Coolock home yesterday.
PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN.
SEE ALAN O'KEEFFE COPY...HN
Dean Fitzpatrick, brother of Missing Amy his Grandparents,Maura and Joe Donohoe who celebrated their 80th Birthdays, pictured at their Coolock home yesterday. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN. SEE ALAN O'KEEFFE COPY...HN

MAEVE SHEEHAN

RELATIVES of Dean Fitzpatrick – the brother of missing teenager, Amy – complained to gardai after the man who admitted killing him was allegedly seen being driven in the vicinity of their home.

Dave Mahon was spotted in the passenger seat of a silver car that was driven around outside the home of Christopher Fitzpatrick, Dean's father, in north Dublin days after he stabbed his son to death. He was seen by a third party.

The incident was reported to Dean's relatives who made a report to gardai.

Mr Mahon – who is the partner of Dean's mother, Audrey – claims he killed Dean in self-defence.

The 23-year-old died from a stab wound to the stomach at Mr Mahon's apartment on the Malahide Road more than two weeks ago.

Audrey Fitzpatrick did not attend her son's funeral in Dublin on Tuesday.

The congregation was told that she was too unwell after attending her son's removal the previous evening.

She was photographed after the funeral having a drink with Mr Mahon in a pub close to the graveyard where Dean was buried. Afterwards, she visited her son's graveside alone. She had earlier told newspapers that she forgave Mr Mahon for killing her son.

Audrey's daughter Amy disappeared on the Costa Del Sol in Spain in 2008, not long after moving there with her mother and her mother's partner Mr Mahon.

Mr Mahon presented himself to gardai the day after the stabbing but was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Christopher Fitzpatrick and his sister, Christine, have been lobbying for more political intervention to put pressure on the Spanish authorities to keep up the investigation into Amy's disappearance.

Christine and Liam Brady, a private investigator working for the family, met Taoiseach Enda Kenny last year to press for more action on Amy's disappearance. They attended the launch of the Missing Children's hotline in Dublin on Friday, and have asked for anyone with information to contact Mr Brady confidentially through his website www.liamabrady.ie.

At the funeral, Fr Eoin McCrystal said that Dean was devastated when Amy went missing and that Dean's death caused devastation among his family and friends. Mourners included Dean's girlfriend, Sarah, and their son, Leon, who will be two in August.

Irish Independent

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