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Partner of tragic Dean Fitzpatrick says killer Dave Mahon 'should be locked up for life'

Mahon is approaching the end of a seven-year manslaughter sentence

Dave Mahon

Eugene Masterson

The mother of the little boy left fatherless by killer Dave Mahon has lashed out at reports that he plans to become a handyman when he’s released from prison this summer.

Mahon is currently serving a seven-year manslaughter sentence after a jury found him guilty of knifing innocent Dean Fitzpatrick to death during a verbal row they had in May 2013.

“He gets out and gets to enjoy his life while Leon’s dad is not here. I wish him nothing bud karma (sic). Horrible! Makes me sick,” Dean’s partner Sara O’Rourke said this week.

Dean’s death came over five years after his sister disappeared from an apartment she was living in with Mahon and her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick in Spain.

“He should be locked up for life,” said Sara, who was Dean’s partner at the time of the killing and mother of their boy Leon.

“His 50th this month, that’s great but Dean wasn’t here to celebrate his 30th.

“If there’s one person in this world I hate it’s him,” she said.

Sara O’Rourke

It comes after Mahon’s partner Audrey revealed that he is thinking about taking up a career as a ‘man in a van’ handyman.

Despite Mahon killing her son, Audrey has said she is looking forward to his imminent release – which she says will be a great day of relief.

“At this stage I’ve been doing everything myself for the last five years,” she told The Star.

“So when Davey gets out he’s taking over and I’m just going to sit back.”

She also spoke of his plans to get work as a handyman.

“He’s always worked in landscaping for example and when he was in prison he got certificates for level four in horticultural, he’s done woodwork – he’s done animal training.

“He knows how to do tiling, painting, decorating. He can build kitchen units. He can do everything.”

This month Dave Mahon celebrates his 50th birthday – the last one he will have to serve from prison.

Dean Fitzpatrick was the older brother of teenager Amy Fitzpatrick who went missing in Spain in 2008.

The 23-year-old received a single stab wound to the stomach outside the apartment his mother Audrey shared with Mahon at Burnell Square, Northern Cross in Malahide.

In May 2016, a jury of six men and six women took eight hours and 16 minutes to reach a verdict that Mahon was not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan said the facts of this case were “very distressing”. She added that Mahon had apologised, through his barrister, to all those who knew Mr Fitzpatrick before she imposed a seven-year sentence.

Dean’s father Christopher Fitzpatrick said at the time there were no words to describe his “pain, anger and despair”.

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