Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Graham's phone number' found on Elaine's laptop

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Sarah Stack and Andrew Phelan

THE PHONE number of a man named Graham was found on a calendar entry on Elaine O'Hara's laptop, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Det Gda Eimear Nevin, of the computer crime investigation unit, told the trial of Graham Dwyer that she examined a copy of the hard drive of an Apple laptop on September 18, 2013.

The jury was shown a screen shot of a date from Ms O'Hara's calendar - June 30th, 2011.

"Graham's phone number 083 1103474," it read.

The laptop had previously been handed over to gardaí by Ms O'Hara's sister, Anne Charles.

Det Gda Nevin said she used BlackLight Software to examine the device and found the primary user account and username were "in the name Elaine O'Hara".

Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms O'Hara (36) at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.

Ms O'Hara, a childcare assistant, had been released from a mental health hospital earlier that day.

Her remains were found in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

Earlier, the jury was told Ms O'Hara was not suicidal when she was discharged from St Edmundsbury Hospital in Lucan.

Damien Lanagan, nurse manager, told barrister Anne Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, that Ms O'Hara would have approached him if she was suicidal or going to harm herself - and that she did not during her final admission there.

He was aware she had previously arranged to meet up with other people to engage in sexual practices, and of Ms O'Hara's involvement in S&M, he said.

"Years ago, she may have mentioned soliciting someone to harm her and possibly kill her," Ms Lawlor said.

"Yes," Mr Lanagan replied.

The jury heard Ms O'Hara had been admitted as an emergency patient on July 14, 2012, when she called staff and said she planned to hang herself.

She had borderline personality disorder and was anxious and low and her suicidal ideation continued for weeks.

On August 8, 2012, her mood was described in hospital records as "flat".

"Mood swings are bad and I feel I am about to burst," Ms O'Hara was noted as saying in a care plan review.

"My chest is heavy and mixed up, as is my head. I am frustrated, I am so angry and fed up. I am fighting a losing battle."

Psychiatrist Dr Matt Murphy said there was no signs of suicidality on discharge and she had been talking about going forward, doing things, and engaging with life again.

"She was probably as good as I've ever seen her, bright, cheerful and optimistic and was planning forward in an immediate future way," he said."

"She had plans to do things and get on with her life. She was planning to continue work and increase her attempts at socialisation."

The court heard he was hopeful about her immediate future.

"I would have been surprised if she had slipped back in mood terms very suddenly and I would have been surprised and saddened if she hadn't turned back to us for help if that had happened," Dr Murphy added.

The jury was shown a hand-written note penned by Ms O'Hara on the day of her discharge.

"I'm leaving today (Wednesday) I am a bit scared and I know this is natural," she wrote.

"I want to take the opportunity to thank the caterers, the cleaners, nurses and of course doctors. Thank you, Elaine."

Irish Independent

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