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Relative reacts Dean Fitzpatrick's aunt says knife killers should get longer sentences after Dave Mahon walks free

People who use knives should get heavier sentences,” Christine told the Sunday World.

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Christine Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Christine Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Christine Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

TRAGIC Amy Fitzpatrick’s aunt Christine Kenny has slammed killer Dave Mahon’s release – stressing knife killers should get a heavier sentence.

Mahon (50) was sentenced to seven years for the killing of his stepson Dean Fitzpatrick (23) in 2013, but only served five years and was released from Dublin’s Wheatfield prison yesterday morning.

Christine is the sister of Christopher Fitzpatrick, the father of Dean and Amy, who disappeared in Spain on New Year's Day, 2008.

“People who use knives should get heavier sentences,” Christine told the Sunday World.

“And those who kill with knives should get an even longer sentence.”

And Christine claims Mahon deliberately targeted Dean and the killing was premeditated.

“He rang Dean and Dean’s partner Sara 16 times that day, trying to out where he was and to confront him,” Christine said.

“No one only Dave Mahon knows why he was so eager to talk to Dean – and then to knife him to death.”

Christine also rubbished Mahon’s wife Audrey’s claims that Dean was the one who was armed with the knife.

Audrey has stood by Mahon, who killed her only son.

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Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick pictured in 2016. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick pictured in 2016. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick pictured in 2016. Photo: Tony Gavin

“How would she know, she wasn’t even there,” she said.

Mahon walked free from Wheatfield Prison in Dublin at around 9am yesterday morning, a day early and was expected to meet Audrey who spoke recently about how she was looking forward to seeing him free again.

Mahon was given a seven year sentence in June 2016 after being convicted of the manslaughter of Dean.

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During his trial, Mahon tried to claim that Dean was suicidal and plunged the knife into his own body during a fight over a water bottle - but the jury rejected the evidence.

Audrey's only other child, daughter Amy (15), disappeared on New Year's Day 2008 from the home the teen shared in Spain with her mother and stepdad Dave.

Dean and Amy's heartbroken father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, previously said that he is still devastated by the tragic fate of the two children he had with Audrey.

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Dean Fitzpatrick died at 23

Dean Fitzpatrick died at 23

Dean Fitzpatrick died at 23

"I am devastated over the loss of my two children. Things will never be the same since Dave Mahon came into my children's lives," Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Christine continues to campaign for information about her niece's disappearance.

In an interview last December, Ms Kenny said that the family do not hold out hope that Amy is alive but called on the Government to begin a cold-case review.

"We have had numerous protests outside the Dáil and handed in petitions to the Government," she said.

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Missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick

Missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick

Missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick

"This was an Irish child who went missing overseas, but the Government did nothing."

Despite the fact Mahon killed her son, Audrey has said she was “asking people to give us a chance”.

“He done (sic) his time and I’ve done time as well,” she recently told the Irish Daily Star.

“We’ve both done our time and we both just want to live hopefully, peacefully, the rest of our lives together.

“People expect that I should have turned my back on him, even though I know what a good man he is.

“I never speak bad about my son, but nobody knows what my son was like and what we were going through."

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