Thursday 27 October 2016

Dwyer has hours left to file appeal

Published 10/05/2015 | 02:30

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Architect Graham Dwyer has just hours to appeal his conviction for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

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Dwyer was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing that shocked the nation after he was unanimously found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court in March.

The south Dublin-based architect, who was convinced he would walk free right up until the moment before the jury delivered its verdict, was given 21 days by the trial judge, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, to formally appeal his conviction.

By 4pm on Friday, his appeal papers had still not been lodged with the court authorities, as the deadline for the appeal expiring loomed.

Dwyer is strongly expected to lodge an appeal by close of business tomorrow.

The issues Dwyer is likely to raise include the mobile phone evidence introduced by the prosecution, his questioning while in custody and the decision to allow Darci Day, a key witness, to give evidence by video link.

After he was sentenced last month, his defence counsel, Remy Farrell, applied for legal aid on his behalf in the event of an appeal.

A previous court hearing heard that his mortgage on the family home was in arrears and he was no longer earning a salary from his job as an architect.

Judge Hunt, who presided over the trial for more than two months, said at the sentencing hearing that Dwyer "richly deserved" the life sentence imposed by the court.

A victim impact statement from Elaine O'Hara's father, Frank O'Hara, was read to the court by Sean Guerin, senior counsel for the prosecution.

The statement said that the family is serving a life sentence from which there is no parole.

Judge Hunt said it had been a harrowing trial for all families involved.

Sunday Independent

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