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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mum of missing Amy calls for fresh search

Audrey Mahon with her husband, Dave
Audrey Mahon with her husband, Dave
Amy Fitzpatrick (15) who has been missing since 2008

The mother of missing Dublin teenager Amy Fitzpatrick wants a new search to be launched in Spain.

Audrey Mahon said yesterday she will ask a judge in Spain next month to order a new, intensive search of the area where the 15-year-old girl disappeared on New Year's Day, 2008.

Amy was living with her mother, her brother Dean, and her mother's partner, Dave Mahon, in the Costa del Sol in southern Spain when she vanished after leaving a friend's house between 9 pm and 10pm.

An extensive search failed to find any trace of the missing girl.

She told the Colette Fitzpatrick Show on Newstalk Radio that the terrain may have been affected by the weather over the past seven years and should be searched again.

"I still have a one percent hope she will be found," she said.

Stress

Earlier this month Audrey told the Central Criminal Court that she needs her husband to travel to Portugal with her, to help her cope with stress.

He is set for trial for the alleged murder of her son.

Mr Mahon (44), of Ongar Village, Clonsilla, is charged with murdering 23-year-old Dean Fitzpatrick on May 26, 2013 at Northern Cross on Dublin's Malahide Road.

The trial is due to begin in April 2016.

Mr Mahon appeared in front of Justice Margaret Heneghan to apply for a variation of his bail application to allow him to travel to Portugal with his wife for two weeks.

Ms Mahon took the stand to say that since the disappearance of her daughter Amy in Spain eight years ago, she has suffered mental health problems.

She said her psychiatrist had recommended that she travel to Portugal to rest and relax.

Ms Mahon said if her husband was not allowed to go, then she would not be able to travel.

Justice Heneghan, who refused a similar application the previous week, said she had heard nothing to change her mind and refused the application.

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