The mother of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick says she forgives her partner who was quizzed over her son’s death.
Audrey Fitzpatrick said Dave Mahon (45) is a “very good man” and revealed how she has forgiven him after her son died from a single stab wound last weekend.
Audrey Fitzpatrick said, “I love him and I hate him” as she sat with Dave in their north Dublin apartment yesterday.
Dave Mahon (42), who was questioned by gardai over the death of the 23-year-old father of one, has said that his stepson's death was a "terrible accident".
It is understood that he told gardai that the incident in which Dean died was unintentional and that he stabbed the young man in self-defence.
The victim was the brother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick who disappeared in Spain in 2005.
Dad-of-one Dean was discovered fatally injured near Northern Cross on the Malahide Road in Dublin.
The couple spoke out in an interview with today’s Star newspaper where devastated mum Audrey said: “He is a very good man. He was very close to Dean. He always rang Dave before he rang me.”
Dave will not be going to Dean’s funeral tomorrow but attend the funeral home to say goodbye this evening.
Mahon told the paper, “I am going to see Dean to pay my respects. It’s the last time I will see him.”
He continues to maintain Dean’s death was an accident.
“This was an accident. It will all come out in the wash. But I will have to take this on the chin. I have no choice.
“The hardest thing for me to be in a prison call is to live with this in my mind. It will be hard enough to live with this in my mind walking down the street and getting on with your life as best as one can, but to be in a cell, that’s a different matter.”
Audrey revealed to the Star that her son would be buried in the same grave as her mother Maura (85) who died last May.
“They idolised each other. He always said the rosary in bed with my mam when he stayed down there when he was young, so I just want him in bed with her now.”
The grieving mum said that she had not yet been able to see Dean’s body as official investigations into his death continue.
She said: “I can’t think of anything until I see him, all I want to do is see him.
“I have to hang on to see him and that is what is killing me more than anything else.”
Mr Mahon, who was arrested by gardai investigating Dean's killing, was released without charge. A file was sent to the DPP.
Audrey and her family have been running a high profile and costly campaign for years in a bid to trace the whereabouts of Dean’s sister Amy.
She vanished after leaving a house in the Mijas Costas district of the Costa del Sol in January 2008. She had moved to the Spanish coast with her mother Audrey and Dean in 2005.