'Bounty worth thousands' placed on killer Dave Mahon's head in Mountjoy Prison
A group of inmates in Mountjoy Prison have accepted a €3,000 offer to "slice up" convicted killer Dave Mahon.
The 45-year-old was sentenced to seven years in jail last month for the manslaughter of his partner's son, Dean Fitzpatrick, in May, 2013.
It has been revealed that jail bosses in Mountjoy Prison are aware of a "very serious and credible threat" to Mahon's safety and he is now locked in his cell for up to 22 hours a day.
According to sources, a group of inmates from the Darndale and Coolock areas of the capital's northside have agreed to take up the €3k offer to "slice up" the violent killer after being offered the money by a northside gang.
"Mahon is under serious threat and money has been offered to slice him up and give him a severe hiding," a source revealed.
"He is aware of the threat and it is being treated as very credible by prison staff in Mountjoy. There are a number of fellows who are determined to get him. He is in very serious bother.
"Mahon is hated by a number of criminal factions in the jail, especially because of how he killed Dean Fitzpatrick," the source added.
It is understood that Mahon is "eager" to get transferred from Mountjoy because of the threats against him.
He is now on a special protection regime which means that he is only allowed out of his cell for a couple of hours each day.
Mahon, now known as prisoner 84976, was temporarily out of jail last month to undergo a hip replacement operation. He was brought from Mountjoy Prison for three days to Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital for the surgery.
Since his return to the jail, it is understood that the threats against Mahon have intensified and it has emerged that a jailed 27-year gangland criminal from the Kilmore area of the capital has been one of the main agitators against Mahon.
Mahon is understood to be still recovering from his hip operation and is said to be "not in the best of health."
His victim, father-of-one Dean Fitzpatrick (23), was the older brother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick who disappeared in Spain on New Year's Day 2008.
Mahon's stepson 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 capital's northside.
Ms Fitzpatrick has stood by Mahon, who she married in May 2015, two years after he killed her son.
A week after Mahon was convicted of killing Dean but cleared by the jury of murder, Audrey wrote on Facebook that she was "feeling proud" of her husband and she claimed that he was not a bad man.
She has visited Mahon in Mountjoy Prison on a number of occasions.
At Mahon's trial, the State argued that he 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.
He said that his stepson had pulled a knife on him and that he had wrested it from him and put it into his pocket. He said that Mr Fitzpatrick had walked on to the knife.
The trial heard that dad-of-one Mr Fitzpatrick ran downstairs, but collapsed outside and bled to death internally.
Mahon had been in a relationship with Audrey Fitzpatrick for 12 years by the time her son died. The couple had moved to Spain's Costa Del Sol with her children, Dean and Amy, in 2004 where he worked as an estate agent.
Amy went missing as she walked home from a friend's house along an unlit dirt track.
Dean was 17 when his sister vanished and he moved home to Dublin soon after turning 18 and lived with his father, Christopher Fitzpatrick.
Dean met his partner, Sarah O'Rourke, in 2010 and they had a son together.