Killer Dave Mahon charged with assault of pensioner as he breaks his silence following release from prison
Killer Dave Mahon has been charged with the assault of a pensioner as he breaks his silence saying – “I’m sorry I allowed myself to get into this situation.”
Speaking for the first time since his release from Wheatfield Prison last month, Mahon says he fears his reputation is ruined – as he now faces this new charge for the alleged assault of his 70-year-old neighbour.
“I’m the one in prison that taught the kids – when I say kids I mean 25-year-olds, 30-year-olds – not to get in trouble when you get out of prison and here I am.
“Look, I’m tarnished. My name is mud. Regardless of whether I’m in the right or wrong, my name is mud,” Mahon said in an extraordinary interview.
“So I feel like I’m after losing the battle straight away,” he added.
We can reveal that Mahon appeared before Ballyshannon District Court charged with the assault of the elderly man yesterday.
For legal reasons we cannot print the entirety of Mahon’s explanation for the incident, but the convicted killer, who spent five years in prison for the manslaughter of his stepson Dean, exclusively told us: “I was out, and I was invited to a barbeque. I didn’t want to go to the barbeque, I was reluctant but I went to the barbeque.
“Next of all a row started.
“I said to Audrey, let’s get out of here. We were there for half an hour, 40 minutes. I said let’s get out of here, let’s get out of dodge.
“I’m annoyed at myself, knowing myself to allow myself to get into that situation. That’s what I’m annoyed about.
“I nearly foreseen this. You know I’m annoyed at myself for letting myself get into a situation like this,” he added.
Mahon says he has not yet decided how to plea and says he will speak to his legal team about that.
But he says there is more to the incident.
The recently released killer added that he believes he was well behaved in prison – but he now fears the environment around him is toxic.
“It’s a very toxic environment. I’m after getting out of prison, good little boy, and it’s a toxic environment.
“So I don’t know what the outcome of this is gonna be,” he said.
“It’s a horrible situation.”
Mahon says the weight of this charge has already taken a toll on him and his wife Audrey.
“I wasn’t expecting this. You know I was never in trouble and then I was charged with murder, I was acquitted got manslaughter and did five years and three months to the day.
“All I want to do is get on and just get back to some sort of normality.
“I have this hanging over me and it’s killing Audrey now and it’s killing me,” he said.
Mahon served five years in prison for the manslaughter of Audrey’s son Dean Fitzpatrick, who he claimed walked into a knife he had taken off him following an altercation at his Dublin apartment in 2013.
Throughout his trial Mahon insisted that a troubled Dean had wielded the knife, and that he had taken it off of him following a verbal argument about a bottle.
Mahon said the death was an accident or possible suicide – and he claimed that he was arguing with Dean because he had taken a water bottle off his bicycle to annoy him.
He said that Dean had pulled the knife on him and that he had wrestled it from him and put it into his pocket.
Mahon claimed he took the knife out to show it to his stepson – and Dean then walked into it.
The trial heard that Dean then ran downstairs, but collapsed outside and bled to death internally.
Mahon argued that he did not witness this, and upon learning of Dean’s death the next morning, he handed himself in to gardai.
Last month Dave’s wife Audrey spoke exclusively to this paper about her plans to take Dave back to her home, and for them to live a new life together upon his release.
“I am asking people to give us a chance. He done his time and I’ve done time as well. We’ve both done our time and we both just want to live hopefully, peacefully, the rest of our lives together,” she said.
“People expect that I should have turned my back on him, even though I know what a good man he is.
“I’m going to give it a go. I mean I’m not psychic. I don’t know what way it’s going to turn out.
“At the end of the day I have nothing to lose. I’ve lost everything. So why not give it a go. We do love each other and we’ve always stood by each other,” she said.
Audrey also told us that she fully accepts her husband’s story about her son’s killing- and she claimed her son had his problems.
“I never speak bad about my son but nobody knows what my son was like and what we were going through.
“It wasn’t his fault, and he didn’t deserve what happened to him. But if it had of turned out the other way around, if Dave hadn’t of taken the knife off him and Dean had used the knife on Dave, what would people think then?” she said.
Audrey says she was initially incredibly angry at Dave – but over time his explanations to her made sense, in spite of her unimaginable grief over Dean’s loss.
“Because the way he described it, I know Dave is a lot of things, but he’s not a liar.
“The way he described it, it happened before where Dean had a knife and tried. He had a gun.
“I mean this was stuff that was going on for years. So like I could just see it happening like that,” she said.
“And I can see Dean being so hot headed, running at the knife, which is what happened, even though people describe it like he was stabbed a million times.
“It was once on the knife and he jumped back. Not one drop of blood anywhere in the apartment.
“There was no blood. And he ran down the stairs and went out the front. And Dave went out the side door. So he didn’t even know.”
Audrey’s daughter Amy Fitzpatrick remains missing from the Mijas Costa area of Spain, where she vanished on New Year’s Day 2008.