Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Nothing unusual' during night out, recalls Dwyer's childhood friend

Sarah Stack and Andrew Phelan

One of Graham Dwyer's childhood friends has told the Central Criminal Court that "nothing usual" happened when the murder accused organised a get-together with pals.

Colm Costello, from Bandon in Co Cork, told the jury he knew the architect since nursery and they'd been in touch regularly for the last 20 years.

He agreed with Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting, that the pair went in different directions after school.

"Graham went to Dublin to study in Bolton Street and I went to UCC," Mr Costello said.

"I moved to Dublin in 1995, four years after him, and we've been in touch regularly since then."

The court heard Mr Dwyer arranged a get-together with about six friends at a pub and his family home in Foxrock, Co Dublin, on July 2, 2011.

Under cross examination Mr Costello was asked by Remy Farrell SC, defending, if anything unusual happened.

"No, nothing unusual at all," he replied.

"I hadn't seen some of the people for a long time. We were planning a 20th anniversary."

Mr Costello was giving evidence on day 27 of the Graham Dwyer trial, who denies murdering Elaine O'Hara (36) on August 22, 2012, in the Dublin mountains.

Detailed evidence was heard throughout much of the day on the whereabouts of Mr Dwyer, or his vehicles, on various dates in 2011 and 2012.

Sinead Norman told the court that Mr Dwyer answered an advert she posted on the website "handymatters.ie" or "handyman.ie" looking for free or cheap architectural services.

Ms Norman, from Corrandulla in Galway, said they met four times to discuss a planning application for a build in Indreabhan, 15 miles west of Galway city, during the summer of 2012.

He had also stayed in Dorrians Imperial Hotel in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, on July 5, 2012, records showed.

Defence barrister Kate McCormack told the court the accused accepted he had been the registered owner of a number of vehicles in recent years.

These were: 99 G 11850 between May 25, 2012 and August 1, 2013; 06 KK 3630 between November 6, 2010 and November 1, 2011; 00 MH 11127 between October 29, 2011 and June 12, 2012; 00 D 52914 between December 22, 2011 and November 2, 2012; and 02 D 51268 from August 2, 2012 to present.

Evidence was given by toll tag provider Easytrip that one of the cars passed through toll booths between Dublin and Galway on July 4, 2012, and another through tolls on the M7/M8 Portlaoise and the M8 mainline on April 3, 2012.

Detectives also retrieved all records of Ms O'Hara's mobile phone data up until the day she disappeared, and from Graham Dwyer's work mobile phone up to the end of November 2012, the court heard.

Conor O'Callaghan, of Vilicom Engineering Ltd, said the phone number 086-3311207 was registered to Ms O'Hara when she lived in Blackrock.

It was activated on December 12, 2000, and call records were provided for the dates October 28, 2011, to August 22, 2012.

Records were also provided by O2 for a second number, 086-1759076, an unregistered prepaid number that had been activated on September 15, 2011. It was bought at 02 Retail, Grafton Street, Dublin, on November 30 that year.

Jamie Clifford, of Hutchison 3G UK (Three) said he provided data for 087 2100407, which was registered to Mr Dwyer's workplace A&D Wejchert Architects at Lower Baggot Street in Dublin city centre.

That number was connected in April 2011 and disconnected on October 16, 2012, but Mr Clifford provided gardaí call data details for the number for dates between October 7, 2011, and November 30, 2012.

Mr Clifford was also questioned about the purchase of a pre-paid phone with the number 083 11 03474,

The trial continues.

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