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Killer Dave Mahon to be released from prison next month after five years behind bars

Dave Mahon is serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of Dean Fitzpatrick (23)
Dave Mahon during his trial in 2016.

Dave Mahon during his trial in 2016.

Ali Bracken

Dave Mahon, the stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, will be released from prison next month after serving five years for killing his stepson during a row.

The 50-year-old is serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of Dean Fitzpatrick (23), who he stabbed to death during an argument over a bike at his Dublin home in May 2013.

He was convicted in June 2016 and will be released from Wheatfield prison on July 29, the Sunday Independent has revealed.

Mahon, who was diagnosed with cancer of the throat and nose in early 2018, is due to be reunited with his wife, Audrey Fitzpatrick, the mother of Dean and Amy, who stood by him after he killed her son.

Dean’s family have been notified about Mahon’s forthcoming release .

Christine Kenny, an aunt of Dean and Amy, continues to campaign for information about her niece’s disappearance. Ms Kenny is the sister of Christopher Fitzpatrick, Dean and Amy’s father.

At 10pm on New Year’s Eve 2008, Amy (15) left a friend’s house in Mijas Costa, on the Costa del Sol, to walk home and disappeared.

She had lived in Spain with her mother , Mahon and younger brother Dean.

Audrey Fitzpatrick had left the family home in Clare Hall, Dublin, to be with Mahon, then a well-off estate agent on the Malaga coast, taking Amy and Dean with her.

They had enjoyed what Mahon later described as “a great life in Spain ”.

The divisions between Amy’s estranged parents worsened, and it was several days before her father learned of her disappearance through social media.

In an interview with this newspaper last December, Ms Kenny said 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.

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

Ms Kenny praised gardaí in Coolock who investigated the case.

“ They did go to Spain three years ago,” she said. “I’m now calling on the Government to initiate a cold case review. Surely a fresh set of eyes could help us get to the truth once and for all. I don’t think the Spanish did a thorough job.”

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