Mum of missing Amy gets married to man accused of killing her son
THE mother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick has married the man accused of killing her son.
Audrey Fitzpatrick (46) wed her partner Dave Mahon (44) in Swords yesterday, eight years after they got engaged.
Mr Mahon supported Audrey at the time Amy (15) went missing on New Years Day as she walked home from a friend's house in the Costa del Sol. She has never been seen since.
After years of searching, the couple moved back to their native Dublin. They were living in an apartment on the city's northside when Audrey's son Dean (23) died on May 26, 2013 .
Audrey was so distraught at the time that she could not attend her son's funeral.
In March last year, Dave Mahon was charged with Dean's murder and is due to stand trial next year.
Yesterday he married Audrey in the low-key civil ceremony attended by around 30 guests at Kettles Country House.
Mr Mahon wore cufflinks adorned with photographs of Amy and Dean.
"They are part of us. We are thinking of them both today, as we always do. We wish both of them were here today," Dave said after the simple ceremony.
Audrey said she walked down the aisle to the song A Thousand Years sung by Christina Perri, a song that reminded her of both her children.
"When I heard it first I thought the words in it were lovely and I wanted to use it in the next video I was doing of Amy," she told the Daily Star.
"But then Dean died and I had that song picked with the funeral home originally to be part of the funeral - so I just figured it would be for the four of us today," Audrey added.
Speaking of being married, Audrey said she is delighted.
"It feels great. It will be nice to say we are married. It will be nice to be able to say my husband instead of my partner. To be together this length of time and still saying partner sounds stupid," she added.
Audrey recently divorced Amy's father Chris Fitzpatrick and then organised her wedding to Dave.
"I love him. He is my rock. I am proud to be his wife," she said of her new husband.
Speaking after they had first announced plans to wed, Audrey said she was resigned to the fact that some people would not be happy about it.
"We will have an awful lot of well-wishers and we will have the other side, but we will just take the good with the bad," she said.