THE stepfather of missing Amy Fitzpatrick has told police he stabbed his stepson to death because he felt his own life was in danger.
Dave Mahon, 42, was arrested on Sunday after presenting himself at the local police station following the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Dean Fitzpatrick in Dublin.
Dean – the brother of the La Cala resident Amy who mysteriously went missing aged 15 in 2008 – was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.
According to Olive Press sources, Mahon had apparently arranged to meet Dean and his girlfriend earlier that evening.
“It was there that they got into a row and a fight broke out,” said the source.
“It came after a few days of tension between them and various threats.”
Mahon was initially released without charge the day after his arrest due to a lack of evidence.
But Mahon’s father Mike told the Irish press: “It shouldn’t have happened, you know.
“There was nothing done intentionally, but it happened,” he added.
“He doesn’t want to talk to anyone. The situation, it is a crazy situation. He is blanking everybody. That means he doesn’t talk to anybody.”
Irish police confirmed he is still a suspect and they are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). A knife has been discovered near the scene of the killing, close to the flat Mahon shares with Dean’s mother Audrey Fitzpatrick.
Meanwhile Dean’s girlfriend Sara, who has a two-year-old son with the victim, said: “The family and myself are grieving.
“It hasn’t hit me yet, it hasn’t sunk in. It is is a horrible time.”
Fitzpatrick’s aunt, Christine Kenny, who in 2011 worked closely with the Olive Press to investigate his sister’s disappearance, said: “He was a good kid. He couldn’t even talk about Amy, he just couldn’t talk about her.
“His dad and Dean were so close. He was living with his dad,”
Dean and Amy’s father Christopher Fitzpatrick, who had been with his son at a communion on the day of the incident said he was ‘shattered’ by his son’s death.
“We just want to get things to the end, what’s going on, what happened.
“Anyone with information, come forward straight away,” he added.
Mahon, a former Calahonda estate agent moved back to live in Ireland last year.
His movements have been erratic and only last month Mahon received a jail sentence for a dangerous drink-driving incident on New Year’s Day exactly five years after his stepdaughter went missing while walking home from a friend’s house.
As with his sister, Olive Press sources revealed that Dean had never been close to his stepfather and had moved out to live with a schoolfriend before moving back to Ireland.
The Olive Press also revealed that in the run up to her disappearance on New Year’s Day in 2008 Amy had been neglected by her parents and was not happy.
In April 2011 Fitzpatrick and Mahon offered a €1 million reward for the safe return of Amy but no new information was discovered.