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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Killer Mahon gets date to appeal his prison sentence

David Mahon and his wife Audrey, the mother of Dean
David Mahon and his wife Audrey, the mother of Dean

A Dublin man who stabbed his stepson to death has won the right to appeal against his seven-year sentence.

David Mahon (46) was found guilty of killing Dean Fitzpatrick (23), the older brother of missing teenager Amy, on May 26, 2013.

Dean received a stab wound to the abdomen outside the apartment that his mother, Audrey Fitzpatrick, shared with Mahon at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road.

The two-week trial heard that Mahon had been in a relationship with Ms Fitzpatrick for 12 years by the time her son died.

Suicide

The State had argued that Mahon was drunk, angry and agitated when he thrust a knife into his stepson with deadly intent.

Mahon claimed his death was an accident or possible suicide and that Mr Fitzpatrick had "walked into the knife" while they had been arguing.

He was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a jury at the Central Criminal Court. He had pleaded not guilty.

Ms Justice Margaret Hen- eghan sentenced him to seven years' imprisonment on June 13 last year.

In the Court of Appeal yesterday, Mr Justice George Birmingham fixed October 23 as the date for Mahon's appeal. Mahon was not in court.

At an earlier case management sitting, Mahon was granted legal aid for his appeal. He had been on legal aid at trial.

He and Ms Fitzpatrick had moved to the Costa del Sol in Spain with her children, Dean and Amy, in 2004 and Mahon worked as an estate agent.

He told gardai that they were millionaires, with eight or nine houses and bars, but that they had spent all their money looking for Amy.

The teenager went missing without trace on New Year's night 2008 as she walked home from a friend's house along an unlit dirt track.

Despite extensive searches, she has never been found.

Dean was 17 when his sister disappeared. He moved home to Dublin soon after turning 18 and lived with his father, Christopher Fitzpatrick.

He met his partner, Sarah O'Rourke, in 2010. They had a son together and lived in Lusk in the north of the county.

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