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Dave Mahon | Wife says she ‘hasn’t slept or eaten in days’ ahead of trial over alleged assault of pensioner

Exclusive: Audrey Mahon, whose daughter Amy Fitzpatrick is missing, spoke about her ongoing turmoil

Audrey Mahon appearing with partner Dave Mahon at
                Carrick-on-Shannon District Court
Audrey Mahon appearing with partner Dave Mahon at Carrick-on-Shannon

The wife of Dave Mahon has told how she hasn’t eaten or slept in days as he’s set to face trial for the alleged assault of a pensioner.

Mr Mahon, the stepfather of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick, appeared before a brief sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon’s District Court in Co Leitrim yesterday, accompanied by his devoted wife Audrey.

The pair were seen arm-in-arm as Mahon, 51, appeared before the court charged with the assault of a 70-year-old man at an address in Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon last month.

Speaking following the brief proceedings yesterday, Audrey, whose daughter went missing from Spain in 2008, told of her new heartbreak.

“I haven’t eaten or slept for days. It’s like Groundhog Day,” she said.

During the proceedings, Mr Mahon’s solicitor asked for the court to amend his client’s bail conditions as he has recently secured a job that may require night shifts.

Mr Mahon had been on bail and under a strict curfew of remaining at his home between 10pm and 8am.

Judge Deirdre Gearty amended the curfew to 12am to 4am to facilitate Mr Mahon’s possible night shifts.

Audrey Mahon appearing with partner Dave Mahon at
            Carrick-on-Shannon District Court
Audrey Mahon appearing with partner Dave Mahon at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court (Image: Mick O’Neill)

She also allowed for a condition in which Mr Mahon can inform gardai that he intends to travel for a medical appointment and possible overnight stay.

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She also granted for Mr Mahon to be able to visit his elderly father in Dublin, so long as he notifies gardai.

Mr Mahon is charged with assaulting a 70-year-old man at an address in Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon on the evening of Thursday, August 26.

He has not yet indicated how he will plea to the charge.

The court heard that the accused is to be brought forward to the local circuit for a trial on indictment.

Judge Gearty then adjourned the matter to October 22 when the book of evidence is due to be brought before the court.

Legal aid was also granted to Mr Mahon, who is being represented by Tony Collier of Ferrys Solicitors.

Mr Mahon is the stepfather of Amy Fitzpatrick, a 15-year-old Irish teen who vanished from the Mijas Costa area of Spain on New Year’s Day, 2008.

Missing Amy Fitzpatrick
Missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick

He is married to Amy’s mother Audrey, who appeared in court today to support her husband.

No trace of Amy has ever been found – but recently Amy’s family have claimed that they received information that the missing teen was seen in the company of a man with an Irish accent at a bar in the area before she went missing.

It comes after Audrey told this paper earlier this year that a man had told her how he saw Amy with a British native at a bar in the Calypso area – an hour after her previously known last sighting on January 1, 2008.

The shocking tip potentially rewrites the timeline of Amy Fitzpatrick’s last known movements.

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“It could be the missing puzzle piece, and it possibly corroborates what we were told all those years ago,” Audrey said.

Amy was last seen walking from her friend Ashley Rose’s house at around 10pm on New Years Day, 2008, walking in the direction of her home, where she lived with her mother Audrey and stepfather Dave Mahon.

In February Audrey said that she received the new information anonymously.

“I got this information in an anonymous phone call this week. I contacted the garda liaison officer about this but she hasn’t got back to me yet.

“The person on the phone, who appeared to be genuine and well meaning, told me that there was a guy, an older English guy, that was particularly interested in Amy and was chatting to her any time he seen (sic) her.

He seen her with Amy at this bar on the night she went missing.

“Ok it could be someone trying to torment me, but I mean it also puts the night she went missing into question.

“I always said I don’t believe she walked that way home.

“She left Ashley Rose’s house between half nine and 10 at night on January 1st and I last spoke to her at eight minutes past 12 on New Years Eve,” she explained.

Audrey Mahon, wife of Dave Mahon
Audrey Mahon, wife of Dave Mahon

“But this is now the second time this has been sent to us. We told the Guardia and gardai about this 13 years ago.

“At the time we’d heard Amy was seen around this English man, but we followed it up and never got anywhere with it then.”

Audrey believes the tip, that comes 13 years on, could help prove the theory that Amy was in fact last seen in the Calypso-based bar – which could give investigators a better idea of her last movements.

And the devastated mum, who is waiting for another chance to get back to Spain to try and find her daughter, said her biggest fear is that Amy is buried somewhere.

“I remember a time we were all talking about 14 or 15 years ago about getting buried or cremated.

“She was very claustrophobic. That kills me more than anything, if she’s buried there, because she wouldn’t want that.

“That’s one thing she never wanted. To think of her buried somewhere, which I know is close to home, I know in my heart, and I said it from day one.”


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