AS storm clouds gathered over Dun Laoghaire this morning, architect businessman Graham Dwyer (41) arrived to the district court amid a flurry of garda acitivity.
As he took his seat before Judge Bridget Reilly, the Foxrock father-of-two, appeared to be tired and dazed.
Just two hours beforehand, he had been charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36), a much-loved woman who disappeared in August of last year.
Dressed in a black turtleneck, navy cords and black boots, the youthful-looking businessman strained to hear every word said in court.
With his cropped, black, grey-flecked hair, Mr Dwyer took deep breaths and swallowed as court proceedings began.
No family or friends appeared to be present for this morning’s court appearance.
Sitting in the dock, he listened intently as Judge Bridget Reilly heard Detective Sergeant Peter Woods tell the court that he was charged with Ms O’Hara’s in Blackrock Garda Station earlier this morning.
He made a reply when charged, the Sgt Woods told the court. When asked if he had anything to say to the charge, Mr Dwyer told gardai: “I do – not guilty.”
At one stage, it appeared that Mr Dwyer was preparing to speak to the court – but he remained silent throughout the proceedings, which lasted all of five minutes.
He was remanded in custody for a week and will appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday, Judge Reilly ruled.
And with that, it was over.
At this stage, Mr Dwyer checked his back pocket for a white document before accompanying gardai out the back of the courthouse.
A handful of onlookers gathered outside the courthouse to watch Mr Dwyer being driven away to custody.