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30/05/12 Picture shows Mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and partner Dave Mahon as they protest outside Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park Dublin , Audrey's daughter Amy went missing at Mijas Costa in Spain as she walked home from a friendÕs house on New YearÕs Day 2008 she was 15 when she went missing. Pic Collins Photos

30/05/12 Picture shows Mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and partner Dave Mahon as they protest outside Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park Dublin , Audrey's daughter Amy went missing at Mijas Costa in Spain as she walked home from a friendÕs house on New YearÕs Day 2008 she was 15 when she went missing. Pic Collins Photos

30/05/12 Picture shows Mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and partner Dave Mahon as they protest outside Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park Dublin , Audrey's daughter Amy went missing at Mijas Costa in Spain as she walked home from a friendÕs house on New YearÕs Day 2008 she was 15 when she went missing. Pic Collins Photos

THE mother of stabbing victim Dean Fitzpatrick has declared she will take legal action if necessary to have him buried in her mother's grave.

Dean (23), who was fatally stabbed in an altercation with his mother's partner Dave Mahon last Saturday night, was scheduled to be buried today – but the funeral was cancelled.

Dean's grieving father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, took legal advice when he discovered funeral arrangements for his son were made by his former wife Audrey Fitzpatrick without consultation with him.

Dean was living with his father Christopher at the time of his killing and had done so for several years at his home in Artane. Neither Dean's father nor Dean's partner, Sarah O'Rourke, who is the mother of Dean's toddler son Leon, were mentioned in a death notice for the slain young man.

Speaking to the Herald, Audrey Fitzpatrick said her former husband wanted Dean buried in a new grave.

She told the Herald: "I don't want Dean buried in a separate grave. I want him buried with my mother."

Christopher Fitzpatrick would not comment on the matter but his sister, Christine Kenny, who has been comforting him since Dean was fatally stabbed, said: "We don't want to comment, but we just want him to be buried right."

Audrey Fitzpatrick had arranged for Dean's Requiem Mass to take place today at St Brendan's Church in Coolock.

The cancellation has meant the release of the body for burial will not take place as scheduled, she said.

"This means I will have to wait even longer to see Dean. I still haven't seen his body.

"I'm told he's in a forensic morgue. I'm waiting for a call," she said.

Daughter

"Everything is in limbo again. But I'm used to being in limbo," she said, referring to the past five years since her 15-year-old daughter Amy disappeared without trace in Spain.

Earlier this week, Audrey told the Herald that she has forgiven her partner Dave Mahon for his involvement in Dean's death.

"I forgave him. It was an accident," she said.

Mr Mahon, who had spent one night in custody in Coolock Garda Station being questioned about the fatal stabbing, was released without charge and a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He is back living with Audrey at their apartment in Burnell Square complex. He had decided not to attend Dean's funeral but intended to pay his respects in the funeral home.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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