Sunday 23 October 2016

Mahon appeals over sentence for stabbing death of partner's son

David Mahon and wife Audrey
David Mahon and wife Audrey

Killer Dave Mahon is appealing against the seven-year prison sentence he received for knifing his partner's son to death.

Mahon (45) was found guilty of killing Dean Fitzpatrick (23), the older brother of missing teenager Amy, on May 26, 2013.

Dean suffered a stab wound to the abdomen outside an apartment at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road in Dublin.

His mother, Audrey, shared the apartment with Mahon at the time.

A two-week trial heard Mahon had been in a relationship with Ms Fitzpatrick for 12 years by the time he killed Dean.


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

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

Mahon was granted legal aid in the Court of Appeal yesterday to bring an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Mr Justice George Birmingham ruled on Mahon's legal aid application, which was uncontested. Mahon, who was not in court, had been on legal aid during his trial.

He and Ms Fitzpatrick moved to the Costa del Sol with her children, Dean and Amy, in 2004.

Mahon, who worked as an estate agent, told gardai they were millionaires, with eight or nine houses and bars, but had spent it all 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 back 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.

Ms Fitzpatrick has remained with Mahon, despite his conviction for knifing her son to death. She has said she forgives him. However, Dean's father has said he will never forgive Mahon, and he believes he should have been handed a longer sentence.

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