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Thursday 17 April 2014

Graham Dwyer sent forward for trial

Graham Dwyer

AN ARCHITECT accused of killing childcare worker Elaine O'Hara has been served with the book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

Graham Dwyer (41) is charged with the murder of Ms O'Hara, whose remains were found by a woman walking her dog in the Dublin mountains last September.

She had been missing for more than a year.

In November, Dwyer, a father of two originally from Cork, was denied bail at the High Court. He also lost out on a Supreme Court challenge to that decision just before Christmas.

This morning, Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, appeared before Cloverhill District Court charged with the murder of Ms O'Hara.

A court previously heard that when charged with the offence, Dwyer was asked if he had anything to say and he replied: "I do – not guilty."

State solicitor Ronan O'Brien said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

Mr O'Brien said the book of evidence is in eight volumes, with statements in the first volume and exhibits in the other seven volumes.

Judge Victor Blake gave Dwyer the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy and one junior and one senior counsel were assigned on free legal aid, after Mr Dunphy said his client's circumstances had not changed.

The accused, wearing a black suit and black shirt with a spotted tie, only addressed the court to wish good morning to the judge and to confirm that he understood the alibi caution.

Dwyer has has been remanded at Cloverhill Prison since he was formally charged with the murder of 37-year-old Ms O'Hara in October.

His parents were in court on November 4 last when High Court Judge Mr Justice Paul Butler refused bail.

Childcare worker Ms O'Hara, who was from Killiney, Co Dublin, and who also had a part-time job in a newsagents, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22, 2012, near Shanganagh Cemetery in south Dublin, where her mother is buried.

Her remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on September 13, 2013 on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham, more than a year after she was reported missing.

By chance, several items belonging to her were found near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, in the days before and after the discovery of her remains.

Gardai previously revealed the extent of the investigation into Ms' O'Hara's death, revealing the file contains 441 lines of enquiry, 336 statements, 349 reports and 814 exhibits.

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