Mahon out of jail for hip operation
Killer Dave Mahon was temporarily out of jail to undergo a hip replacement operation.
Mahon, now known as prisoner 84976, was sentenced to seven years in prison for the manslaughter of his stepson Dean Fitzpatrick.
He was brought from Mountjoy Prison for three days to Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital between Finglas and Blanchardstown for the surgery.
Prison officers from the Irish Prison Service were also at the hospital to monitor him during his stay at the hospital.
Mahon (44), who has often been photographed walking with a stick, previously underwent two hip replacement operations but one of them failed in recent months.
In April, he tried to have his trial for the murder of Dean Fitzpatrick postponed until after his surgery took place.
However, his application ultimately failed. The judge had said that he would need a sworn affidavit from Mahon's consultant surgeon regarding the 'urgency' of the operation before he could consider adjourning the trial.
Speaking to the Herald at the time, Mahon said he had been given a short-notice appointment and wanted to avail of it.
"The surgeon is one of the best in the country and there is an 18 to 24-month waiting list for him," he said, "but I was called early and I don't want to miss the chance to get it done. I'm in a lot of pain with it."
Mahon, of Ongar Village in Clonsilla, went on trial for murdering 23-year-old Dean on May 26, 2013, at Northern Cross on Dublin's Malahide Road.
He was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter of Dean - who is the son of his partner Audrey Fitzpatrick .
Dean Fitzpatrick's sister Amy went missing in Spain on New Year's Day 2008.