Prosecution finishes giving evidence at David Mahon murder trial

Prosecution finishes giving evidence at David Mahon murder trial

The jurors have now heard all the prosecution’s evidence in the trial of 45-year-old David Mahon, who is accused of murdering his stepson in Dublin.

Dean Fitzpatrick died in the early hours of May 26, 2013, from a deep knife wound to the stomach.

It is the State’s case that his stepfather stabbed him during an altercation over a stolen water bottle outside his apartment at Northern Cross.

The jury has heard that Mahon told gardaí he "panicked" and did not realise the seriousness of what happened during a fight with his stepson.

The 45-year-old, who denies murdering Dean Fitzpatrick, claims he ran into a knife he had taken off him at his apartment at Northern Cross in north Dublin.

David Mahon.
David Mahon.

The court heard they argued and Mr Mahon told gardaí that Dean grabbed a knife from the kitchen and started waving at him.

He said he took it from him, and later confronted him with it on the landing outside his apartment.

He said he showed it to him and asked why he would pull a knife on his father.

He claims Dean then just came at him and while he saw some blood on the knife afterwards, he did not think it was serious.

He said he would have called an ambulance if he did.

Instead he "panicked" and left the apartment with a friend. He said he threw the knife out a car window as they drove around north Dublin.

He told gardaí that Dean would self-harm while they were in Spain and seemed to enjoy it, and he thought maybe he wanted to run on the knife.

The trial continues.


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