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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Audrey back in court and gets €60k for injury claim

Audrey Mahon yesterday
Audrey Mahon yesterday

The mother of slain Dean Fitzpatrick and missing Amy Fitzpatrick today settled a €60,000 damages claim against Dublin City Council and Irish Water.

Audrey Mahon's partner Dave Mahon was last week found guilty of the manslaughter of Dean outside their north Dublin home in May 2013.

Dean's sister Amy was just 15 when she disappeared in Spain in 2008 while living there with her mother and Dave Mahon.

In the Civil Circuit Court yesterday Audrey Mahon, going by the name Fitzpatrick, alleged in proceedings that she had been injured when her foot went into an open shore on Lorcan Drive, Santry, Dublin on May 29, 2014.

Barrister Conor Kearney, who appeared with solicitor Sandra McAleer for Ms Fitzpatrick, told Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain that following talks, the claim had settled and could be struck out with no further order. Details of the amount of the settlement were not disclosed in court.

Fitzpatrick, described as a home-maker whose address was given as Lorcan Drive, Santry, Dublin, alleged that as she was walking on the public footpath on Lordan Drive her left foot "suddenly and without warning" went into an open water shore causing her to fall heavily to the ground.

She claimed she injured her left knee which she had X-rayed at Beaumont Hospital. No bone injury had been detected apart from bruising and tenderness of the left patella area.

In her civil bill, Fitzpatrick, who will celebrate her 48th birthday next Tuesday, stated that due to a liver condition she had been unable to take strong painkillers.

Following the fall she complained of intermittent aching in her knee and had been unable to wear high heels.

She claimed she had suffered pain and distress and discomfort which had disrupted her social, domestic and recreational life.

Last Friday a jury found Dave Mahon (45) not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter of his step-son Dean. He was remanded in custody and will appear before the court again on May 30 for sentencing.

Audrey Mahon has continued to stand by her son's killer, and has been visiting him at Cloverhill Prison over the last number of days.

Threatening

It also emerged that the ­presiding judge warned Mrs Mahon about her behaviour during the trial, threatening to ban her from the courtroom if she cold not control herself.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan gave the stark warning to Mrs Mahon on the second day of the trial, following her outburst in the middle of the evidence of taxi driver Karl O'Toole.

Mrs Mahon became visibly upset when Mr O'Toole told the Central Criminal Court that he did not know her 23-year-old son Dean, apart from what he had seen in the newspapers.

Grieving Christopher Fitzpatrick, who is the father of Dean and his missing sister Amy, said after the trial that Dave Mahon has "destroyed all their lives".

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