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Dave Mahon appeals sentence for killing stepson

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Dave Mahon
Dave Mahon

Convicted killer Dave Mahon is appealing his sentence for the manslaughter of his wife's son Dean Fitzpatrick.

Mahon was given a seven-year sentence last month for killing his stepson in May 2013.

According to the Star the appeal was launched on July 1 and it only relates to the sentence, not the conviction.

The case is likely to be heard before the Court of Appeal within the next six months.

Mahon was charged with the murder of Dean Fitzpatrick but he was acquitted of that charge and convicted of manslaughter.

The 45-year-old was given a seven-year sentence by Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan who said at the sentencing hearing that the facts of this case were "very distressing", and she did not propose to go through them again.

Ms Justice Heneghan said the defendant had offered a plea of guilty of manslaughter prior to the trial, but this plea had been rejected by the DPP, and she said she must take this into account when sentencing.

She said that Mr Mahon had also apologised, through his barrister, to all those who knew Mr Fitzpatrick, and had indicated he would not be appealing the verdict.