Sunday 24 September 2017

Judge denies bail to architect accused of Elaine murder

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE father of the architect charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara offered to pay an independent surety of €25,000 if his son was released on bail.

The parents of Graham Dwyer also offered to provide him with an address at Bandon, Cork, pending his trial.

But, yesterday, the High Court refused Mr Dwyer bail following objections by the State.

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Mr Dwyer (41) of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, south Dublin, is accused of killing Ms O'Hara at an unknown place in Co Dublin on August 22, last year.

Ms O'Hara (37) vanished on that date last year after leaving her home in Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside, Co Dublin.

Partial remains of her body were uncovered by a dog on a walk with its owner in Killakee in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, on September 13.

The accused, dressed in a black turtleneck, black trousers and shoes, sat as his barrister, Garrett McCormack, applied for bail at Cloverhill courthouse.

Mr Dwyer, who is originally from Cork, smiled at his parents and made a 'W' gesture with his hands and pointed at his jumper as he entered the courtroom.

Mr McCormack told the court an independent surety of €25,000 had been offered, and that Mr Dwyer would be willing to stay at an address in Bandon, Co Cork.

Mr Dwyer also undertook not to contact State witnesses as part of his bail application.

Mr Justice Paul Butler denied bail after chief superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan objected on behalf of the State.

The judge imposed restrictions on the reporting of chief superintendent O'Sullivan's testimony during the hearing.

Mr Dwyer bowed his head, nodding it from side to side as bail was refused, briefly glancing up at his parents.

Mr Dwyer has been on remand at Cloverhill Prison since he was charged with murder on October 18.

Irish Independent

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