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Court calling Dave Mahon faces assault charge as Amy Fitzpatrick’s family renew inquiry plea

Mahon’s assault charge comes as Amy’s father Christopher and her aunt Christine last week called on Spanish Police to excavate a possible burial site for the teenager on the Costa Del Sol

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Dave Mahon. Photo: Collins Courts

Dave Mahon. Photo: Collins Courts

Dave Mahon. Photo: Collins Courts

The partner of missing teen Amy’s Fitzpatrick’s mother is facing up to five years in prison if convicted of assault causing harm to a 70-year-old man.

Dave Mahon is scheduled to appear before Carrick on Shannon District Court later in September where directions will be given on whether the charge is to be dealt with summarily (at District Court level) or sent forward to the Circuit Court for trial.

Mahon, the partner of missing Amy’s mother Audrey, is also expected to be asked to enter a plea.

Under section 3 of the Non-fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, a person found guilty of assault causing harm is liable on conviction in the District Court to a jail term of up to 12 months and a fine of €1,900.

However, if the matter is dealt with at Circuit Court level, the penalties applicable include a jail term of up to five years.

Mahon, who moved in with partner Audrey at her council-owned accommodation in Carrick-on-Shannon in August is charged with a single count of assault causing harm to an elderly neighbour on August 26th.

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Amy went missing in 2008 but her aunt says someone has the answer

Amy went missing in 2008 but her aunt says someone has the answer

Amy went missing in 2008 but her aunt says someone has the answer

The assault is alleged to have occurred at the neighbour’s address during a barbeque.

Mahon’s assault charge comes as Amy’s father Christopher and her aunt Christine last week called on Spanish Police to excavate a possible burial site for the teenager on the Costa Del Sol.

They said they were told by an anonymous source they would find her remains under Stable Number 5 in the derelict Hippodrome racetrack outside the resort of La Cala de Mijas.

The location is only a 15-minute-drive from the spot where Amy was last seen on New Year’s Day, 2008.

The pair are now demanding that the Guardia Civil upgrade her disappearance to a murder inquiry and carry out a full comprehensive search of all the stables at the track.

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Her aunt Christine said: “I have no doubt Amy is dead and I believe she is buried up there on that racetrack somewhere.

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Dave Mahon with Audrey and a picture of Amy.

Dave Mahon with Audrey and a picture of Amy.

Dave Mahon with Audrey and a picture of Amy.

“We were told Stable Number 5 so hopefully they will start searching and see if her remains are there.

Over 25,000 people have now signed an online petition supporting the family’s call for a review of the investigation into Amy’s disappearance.

The Dublin girl was just 15 when she went missing in Spain on New Year's Day in 2008 after visiting a pal's house.

At the time she was living in Mjias on the Costa Del Sol with her brother Dean, her mother Audrey and Audrey's partner Dave Mahon.

"The only thing I want is for Amy to be found and justice to be served," Christopher said.

Christopher and Christine have been looking for a cold case review into Amy's disappearance, but Spanish cops have told then they don't carry out cold case reviews.

They have set up a petition for an EU-wide right to a cold case for all missing people abroad.

Christine said: "It's for [the families of] missing persons abroad in the EU {so they would] receive briefings from the police.

"I feel now it's time somebody came out with what information is needed to find Amy. I feel people need to be recalled and interviewed again.

"There has to be some type of policy out there for families of people who are missing abroad."

Christine believes if Amy had been the daughter of a politician or embassy official more would have been done in the case. "You can be sure there would. If it was one of their children what would they do and how would they feel," she said.

"They're not putting any pressure on Spain [over the case]. The Government should be doing this. Children are the priority according to the law, but that law didn't do anything for Amy

"It's very important to me that we get closure for her and her father. He is absolutely devastated and lives with it morning, noon and night."

She said Amy's disappearance devastated her family. "It has caused an awful lot of heartache. Dean was broken-hearted over Amy. Christopher is a different person altogether since.

"I'll continue on fighting to get answers and get the truth. I won't give up. There isn't a hope in hell."

Christine also appealed to anyone who has any information about Amy's disappearance to examine their conscience and come forward.

"We just want to find Amy and get someone to come forward to tell the truth about what happened. I know there are people out there who know. I'd appeal to anyone who knew Amy and has information to come forward and let her father get a bit of peace. Please God, this will turn out alright.

"The only thing I want is for Amy to be found and justice to be served.

"We are appealing to the Irish people to log on and sign the petition. We can't do this on our own. If anyone would like to help us collect manual signatures they can also email us at: helpfindamy@gmail.com for a copy."

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