Saturday 1 October 2016

Elaine O'Hara's friends: 'It was Elaine’s life that was put on trial, not Mr Dwyer’s'

Published 21/04/2015 | 10:49

As callous killer Graham Dwyer starts his life sentence in prison today for the murder of Elaine O’Hara, friends of the childcare worker have described her as a “very kind and willing person”.

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Caroline Nugent and Jane Carroll said Ms O’Hara (36), who was murdered in the Dublin mountains on August 12 2012, would do “anything for anybody and was always there to help out”.

They told Today FM’s Anton Savage today that Dwyer was “a cold, calculating man” who showed “no feeling or expression” throughout the court trial.

“He just didn’t care or didn’t accept what he had done," they added.

Dwyer, a 42-year-old architect, was convicted three and a half weeks ago and was handed a mandatory life sentence yesterday. It is, Judge Tony Hunt said, a sentence "he richly deserves".

Read more: Graham Dwyer jailed for life for the murder of Elaine O'Hara

Elaine O’Hara
Elaine O’Hara

Today Ms O'Hara's friend Caroline described Dwyer as “a cold, calculating man; he showed no feelings...He just didn’t care or didn’t accept what he had done”.

Caroline and Jane both attended yesterday’s hearing, where a victim impact statement was read out on behalf of the O’Hara family. 

Jane said Dwyer showed no expression at the court proceedings yesterday.

“The only reaction he seemed to have was when his wife and children were mentioned. He almost had the ‘perfect murder’.”

She said: “He didn’t show any expression, any remorse, he didn’t react to any of the horrific things. He was just cold… Sick, sick guy, who really manipulated Elaine’s vulnerability.”

Read more: Elaine's dad: 'This is our life sentence. For us there is no parole'

Today, Jane recalled the moment she realised Elaine O’Hara may have been a murder victim after her body was found on September 13, 2013.

"The first time I got a feeling it was going to be bad was when the police came to talk to us on our own, told us the court case was going to get really quite harrowing at times,” Jane told Anton.

“It was Elaine’s life that was put on trial, not Mr Dwyer’s,” she said.

"There are no words that could explain how awful [the trial was]; the details that came out were just horrific, it was too disturbing, it was absolutely awful."

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