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Order granted Dave Mahon gets access to garda interviews ahead of trial for alleged OAP assault

He is is charged with assaulting the 70-year-old man in Carrick-on-Shannon on August 26 last.

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Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick at Carrick on Shannon courthouse where Mahon was appearing on an assault charge. Pic taken 22-10-2021

Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick at Carrick on Shannon courthouse where Mahon was appearing on an assault charge. Pic taken 22-10-2021

Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick at Carrick on Shannon courthouse where Mahon was appearing on an assault charge. Pic taken 22-10-2021

The stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick has been granted access to recordings of his interviews with gardai ahead of his trial for assault on a pensioner.

Dave Mahon (51) is charged with assaulting the 70-year-old man in Carrick-on-Shannon on August 26 last.

Mahon's case was called at Carrick-on-Shannon Circuit Court on Tuesday.

He had previously appeared at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on October 22 where he was served with the book of evidence and sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

At Tuesday's sitting Judge John Aylmer granted a witness and exhibits order to Mr Mahon's legal team as well as a Section 56 order which is a copy of the recording of the questioning of Mr Mahon by a garda.

The case was adjourned to the next term of Carrick-on-Shannon Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Mahon was remanded on the same bail conditions.

He did not appear in court during this week's proceedings.

At the October sitting, Mahon was accompanied to court by his wife Audrey, the mother of Amy Fitzpatrick (15) who went missing in Spain in 2008.

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Missing Amy.

Missing Amy.

Missing Amy.

State solicitor Noel Farrell, for the DPP, said the Director had consented to the accused being returned for trial on the sole charge of assault.

"The book of evidence has been served," he said before entering the declaration of service with the court.

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Addressing Mahon, who was dressed in a navy jacket and white open top shirt, Judge Deirdre Gearty said she was obliged to give him what's called the alibi warning.

"If you intend to rely on the defence of alibi, yourself and or your legal team need to notify the prosecution in 14 days," she said

"You have now been served with the book of evidence and the single charge contained therein and on the application of the state, I'm returning you for trial to the next Circuit Court hearing in Carrick on Shannon."

On that occasion, Judge Gearty noted that Mahon was on bail and said he would continue on bail on the same terms and conditions.

Mahon's stepdaughter Amy Fitzpatrick (15) went missing on New Year's Eve in 2007 while the family were living on the Costa del Sol in Spain and remains missing to this day.

No trace of her has been found since that time.

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