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Half the Mahon he used to be Killer Dave Mahon looks frail as he attends hospital for scans on throat and nose cancer

Killer appears frail and thinner as he's escorted to hospital for scans

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Dave Mahon looks gaunt and frail as he attends hospital for scans on his throat and nose cancer.

Dave Mahon looks gaunt and frail as he attends hospital for scans on his throat and nose cancer.

Dave Mahon on a visit to St Lukre’s Hospital, Rathgar. Pic by Ernie Leslie

Dave Mahon on a visit to St Lukre’s Hospital, Rathgar. Pic by Ernie Leslie

Dave Mahon on a visit to St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar. Pic by Ernie Leslie

Dave Mahon on a visit to St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar. Pic by Ernie Leslie

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Dave Mahon looks gaunt and frail as he attends hospital for scans on his throat and nose cancer.

Killer Dave Mahon looks gaunt and frail as he attends hospital for scans on his throat and nose cancer.

But despite being decked out in his 'Sunday best', the 49-year-old brute can't disguise the ravages a two-year battle with the disease has wrought on his physique.

Our exclusive pictures reveal how Mahon, who is serving a seven-year sentence for knifing stepson Dean to death, has aged dramatically in his face and dropped several stones during this period.

His face is now lined with wrinkles while the weight has fallen off his chest and shoulders.

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Dean Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death in 2013

Dean Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death in 2013

Dean Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death in 2013

In an obvious acknowledgement of the killer's physical frailty, the prison escort stopped directly outside the front door after arriving at St Luke's hospital in Dublin at 10am on Wednesday, to shorten the distance Mahon would have to walk before going inside.

Two prison officers got out and stood guard before Mahon emerged from the vehicle wearing a disposable mask to lower his risk of catching Covid-19.

The vehicle was then driven away and parked by a third officer who returned on foot moments later.

Sources say Mahon, who was diagnosed with cancer of the throat and nose in early 2018 and subsequently underwent an intensive course of chemotherapy, is terrified of catching Covid.

Fears

"The chemotherapy worked, and as far as it's known in the prison, Mahon is in remission," a source told the Sunday World.

"But a dose of Covid could be the end for someone like him and he knows it.

"He's almost happy to be in prison at the moment because he knows his chances of catching it in here are a fraction of what they would be on the outside."

The source continued that Mahon's scan on Wednesday went ahead as scheduled because doctors fear his cancer could return and spread.

"Mahon underwent serious chemotherapy in 2018 but that doesn't mean he's out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.

"And the fact is, he doesn't look great.

"He's lost a huge amount of weight and he has aged dramatically even over the last year."

Mahon's wife Audrey Fitzpatrick is no longer allowed to accompany him on hospital visits and now, due to Covid-19 restrictions, is no longer allowed in to see him at Dublin's Wheatfield Prison either.

While battling his illness, Mahon has occupied himself working in the prison garden.

Tragic Dean Fitzpatrick, whose sister Amy (15) went missing from the home she shared with Mahon and his wife Audrey in the Costa del Sol in Spain on New Year's Day 2008, was killed after being stabbed by Mahon in a row in Northern Cross, north Dublin on May 25, 2013.

Mahon had hoped an appeal to the Supreme Court against the severity of his sentence would result in his seven-year jail term being reduced - but his bid was rejected in April of last year.

The court heard how Dean received a stab wound to the abdomen outside the apartment shared by his mother Audrey Fitzpatrick with Mahon at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road in Dublin.

The young man was taken to hospital after he was found semi-conscious on a pavement near the apartment by passers-by about 11.10pm on May 26, 2013.

He was pronounced dead less than two hours later.

Knife

Mahon had been in a relationship with Audrey for 12 years by the time her son died.

The pair had moved back to Ireland from Spain in the years after Amy vanished.

The prosecution case was that Mahon was drunk, angry and agitated when he thrust a knife into his stepson with deadly intent.

Mahon claimed Dean's death was an accident or possible suicide and that Dean had "walked into the knife" while they had been arguing.

Rejecting Mahon's appeal, Mr Justice Peter Charleton said Mahon apparently believed Dean Fitzpatrick took a water bottle from his bike some days before the stabbing incident and had sought to contact him.

He added that Mahon's introduction of a knife and his admitting brandishing of it was an aggravating factor and, after the death, he made no effort to secure help for a man seriously injured by him, and fled the scene.