DAVE Mahon, who has been accused of the murder of his partner Audrey Fitzpatrick's son, Dean, hugged her outside court after he was granted bail.
Father-of-one Dean (23) was found at an apartment at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road, Dublin 5, and was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead following a stabbing incident.
Dean, originally from Donaghmede, Dublin, was the brother of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick, who disappeared in Spain six years ago.
Mahon (43), a former estate agent who has been living in Spain with Ms Fitzpatrick, had been questioned by gardai last year but was released while a file on the investigation was prepared for the DPP.
Last Wednesday, he was remanded in custody after he was formally charged with the murder of his partner's son.
Det Gda Brendan Meares had then told Dublin District Court that the 43-year-old was "handed a true copy of the charge and made no reply after caution".
Due to the nature of the charge, he had to bring his bail application yesterday to a High Court sitting at Cloverhill where Ms Fitzpatrick watched the proceedings from the public gallery.
Defence counsel Aoife O'Leary told Mr Justice Paul Butler that there was consent to bail being set for Mr Mahon, whose address had been listed as The Crescent, Ongar Village, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.
The barrister said the terms have been agreed and Mr Mahon was to be granted bail in his own bond of €10,000, of which €1,000 had to be lodged.
There was no objection by the State to his getting conditional bail pending his trial.
Ms Fitzpatrick waited outside court until Mr Mahon emerged, walking with the aid of a cane.
She then embraced him before they were driven away.
Mr Mahon will face his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court tomorrow but has not yet formally indicated how he will plead.