DAVE MAHON, the stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, has been formally charged with murdering her brother Dean.
Mahon, 43, met gardai at Coolock Garda station, as arranged, at 9:26 this morning. He was charged with murder at 9:40 by Sergeant Michael Gormley, to which he made no reply.
He then appeared in Dublin District Court and was remanded in custody by Judge Cormac Dunne.
Dean, a father himself, died from a stab wound in May last year, sustained during an altercation with Mahon in his Dublin flat. He had allegedly gone to confront Mahon over the disappearance of his sister Amy on New Year’s Day 2008.
The judge granted legal aid after Mahon’s solicitor Michael Staines stated his client was on disability allowance.
He could not apply for bail as this can only be granted by a High Court for a murder charge.
Mahon waved to partner Audrey Fitzpatrick as he entered the court, who sat in the public gallery throughout the morning’s proceedings.
He yesterday vowed to fight the murder charge and has always claimed he stabbed Dean in ‘self-defence’.
“I’m not guilty of murder, not murder, Jesus no,” he told the Irish Star.
“I would prefer if it was manslaughter, but it is up to the jury. It was a terrible accident.”
Mahon will most likely be held at Cloverhill remand prison in Dublin.
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