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Saturday 30 August 2014

‘I'm not guilty’- businessman’s reply to charge of murdering Elaine O’Hara

Published 18/10/2013 | 08:04

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A SOUTH Dublin businessman has appeared in court charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

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Married father of two Graham Dwyer (41) was charged after the skeletal remains of Ms O'Hara was discovered at Kilakee Mountain in Rathfarnham on September 13.

When asked after he was charged if he had anything to say, a court heard that Dwyer replied "I do - not guilty".

The accused must apply to the High Court for bail and Judge Bridget Reilly remanded Dwyer in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

The accused, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with the murder of 36-year-old Elaine O'Hara.

The alleged incident took place in the county of Dublin on August 22 last year.

Detective Sergeant Peter Woods said he arrested Dwyer at his home in Foxrock on Thursday morning. He was taken to Blackrock Garda Station where he was charged this morning by Sergeant Gordon Wolf at 7.49am.

Graham Dwyer: suspect in Elaine O'Hara murder
Graham Dwyer, 41, appears at Dun Laoghaire District Court in Dublin charged with the murder of Elaine O'Hara
Graham Dwyer, 41, appears at Dun Laoghaire District Court in Dublin charged with the murder of Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara's car

Sgt Woods said Dwyer was handed a true copy of the charge sheet. Sgt Woods said Dwyer was asked if he had anything to say to the charge, and in reply after caution he said "I do - not guilty".

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said there was consent to Dwyer being remanded in custody for one week.

Mr Dunphy said there will be an application for legal aid but Judge Reilly deferred the matter.

The accused, who was dressed in a black jumper and black jeans, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Ms O'Hara's father reported to gardai that his daughter was missing on August 24 last year. Her green Fiat Punto was found near Shanganagh Cemetery.

Her skeletal remains were discovered by a woman walking her dog close to the Kilakee Road in Rathfarnham in September 13.

Only days earlier, by coincidence, a number of items belonging to Ms O’Hara was discovered in a reservoir in Roundwood, Co Wicklow.

Four days after her body was found, gardai were able to confirm that these items did belong to Ms O’Hara.

The items included a mobile phone which has proved to be central to the investigation.

It is believed Elaine visited her mother’s grave on the evening she disappeared.

When she went missing, she was wearing jeans, runners and a blue top.

By Eimear Cotter

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