Maeve Sheehan: It may seem like a soap plot, but this is steeped in tragedy
The violent death of doting dad Dean Fitzpatrick is the latest lamentable blow for his already bereft parents.
WITHIN eight years of uprooting her family from their Dublin home to follow her boy-friend to Spain, Audrey Fitzpatrick had lost both of her children. Her daughter, Amy, who was 15 when she went missing, is feared dead, and last weekend her only son, Dean, 23, was stabbed and killed by Audrey's boyfriend, Dave Mahon.
Yet Audrey is standing by her man. In a twist worthy of the Jerry Springer Show, she returned to the north Dublin apartment she shared with Dave Mahon four days after he admitted killing her son. They posed for photos with Audrey pressed against his burly frame and his arm protectively around her. She told The Star she had already forgiven him. "I love him and hate him," she said. "I will take this on the chin," he said.
There was another dramatic flourish on Friday when Dean's father, Christopher, went to the High Court to halt his funeral and reclaim his son. He claimed that he was closest to Dean, yet Audrey had excluded him from the funeral arrangements. She wanted to bury her son beside her mother in Fingal Cemetery. Following Christopher's intervention, Dean will be buried tomorrow in a plot of his own, big enough for his younger sister, should her body ever be found.