Friday 22 September 2017

Jury shown DVD clips of Dwyer flying model planes

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Sarah Stack and Andrew Phelan

GARDAí investigating the death of Elaine O'Hara were given a series of DVD clips and times of Graham Dwyer flying model planes at a club in Co Wicklow, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

One of the clips, of the accused at a family day with his wife and children on August 19, 2012, had been taken at Mr Dwyer's request, the jury heard.

Six clips were shown to the jury of seven men and five women yesterday on day 14 of the trial of Graham Dwyer who denies murdering childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

The court heard evidence from Fred Harno, of Roundwood Model Aero Club, who shot footage of Mr Dwyer at the club's premises at Roundwood, Co Wicklow, in July 21, June 24, February 25 and, March 27 and 28, all in 2012. Club secretary Gary Keogh said Mr Dwyer was elected to its committee in February 2011.

He agreed with defence counsel Remy Farrell SC that while there were no planned events at the site on August 22, 2012, a summer Wednesday evening "would be a popular evening for people to use the facilities".

The court also heard from garage owner Gerard Lee, who gave evidence of work being done on Mr Dwyer's Audi A6, which was taken in on April 29, 2011. The work cost €3,727 and the invoice was paid on May 27, 2011. Damien Doyle, of Advance Pit Stop, produced paid invoices for new tyres to two cars in May 2011, tyres that were fitted at Mr Dwyer's request. The court also heard from Michael Fearon, of Cycle Super Store in Tallaght, who recalled a Graham Dwyer buying a bike for €629.10 in May 2012.

The court later heard from Eamon Slater who confirmed his mother had rented a bedsit-style flat to Elaine O'Hara in a converted garage at Rockville Crescent in Blackrock.

Marie O'Brien then gave evidence that she lived at Ardmeen Lodge, also in Blackrock, and rented a room out to Ms O'Hara on December 7, 2008.

Elsewhere, Rowena Quinn, of Hunters' (formerly Space)estate agents on Pembroke Road, Dublin, told the court she was selling a property in Willow Park, Druid Valley, Cabinteely, in July 2011, and a registry showed 16 people were booked in to view it. She said she had no recollection of speaking to Graham Dwyer in relation to the property. Yesterday Mr Farrell, instructed by Mr Dwyer, said the defence was in a position to make admissions in relation to more than 570 potential exhibits in the trial.

This means that the prosecution will not have to prove each item was properly received and preserved, a move - the court heard - that could "shave a week" off the trial. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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