Monday 22 January 2018

Dwyer suffered two pay cuts to €87,000 salary, court told

Architect Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara (inset), from Killiney, Co Dublin
Architect Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara (inset), from Killiney, Co Dublin
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE trial of architect Graham Dwyer has heard that he received two pay cuts - of around 21pc - in just over six months in 2011.

The trial has also heard that an adult son of Mr Dwyer's, Sennan McShea, was shown still photographs from CCTV footage of his father at Belarmine Plaza in 2012 to see if he could identify anyone.

Cork-born Graham Dwyer (42) from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, denies murdering childcare worker Elaine O'Hara on August 22, 2012, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital.

Ms O'Hara, whose skeletal remains were discovered at Kilakee in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013, lived at the Belarmine Plaza apartment complex in Stepaside, South Dublin, prior to her disappearance. The trial, which has now heard from 79 witnesses, has heard that there is no cause of death.

The jury has been shown footage of Ms O'Hara and a man the prosecution says is Mr Dwyer on dates between January 18, 2012 and August 26, 2012 at the Belarmine Plaza.

The Central Criminal Court has also heard the majority of people seen on CCTV coming and going from the apartment building remain unidentified by gardai, who viewed thousands of hours of CCTV footage.

Yesterday, the jury heard that Mr Dwyer's salary fell from €87,350 to €78,615 on January 1 2011, after being notified of the salary reduction on December 22, 2010.

Documents retrieved during a garda search of his home in October 2013, after the skeletal remains of Ms O'Hara were found in the Dublin mountains, showed that he suffered a second pay cut in June 2011.

A letter shown to the jury showed that Mr Dwyer was notified on June 20, 2011, by his employer - A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects - that his salary as a partner would be further reduced from €78,625 to €70,000.

Yesterday, Detective Garda Colm Gregan said he seized a two-drawer filing cabinet from under the stairs of Mr Dwyer's home on October 17, 2013 and seized documents including letters from A&D Wejchert informing Mr Dwyer of the pay cuts. He agreed with defence counsel Remy Farrell SC they approximated to some 21pc.

Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara

Under cross examination, Det Gregan said he honestly could not recall if there had been an instruction to look for documents regarding a pay cut.

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Det Gregan was asked by Mr Farrell if he had been in court for the opening of the trial and replied that he had not. "There's no great secret why the prosecution contend the pay cuts are of relevance," said Mr Farrell.

Documents retrieved from a search of Mr Dwyer's home included birth certificates for a son aged six and a daughter aged three, who were not identified by name.

The jury of seven men and five women also heard that a son of Mr Dwyer's was shown still photographs from CCTV footage of his father at Belarmine Plaza in 2012 - where the late Elaine O'Hara lived prior to her disappearance - to see if he could identify anyone,

Detective Garda Paul Corcoran told the court he showed a number of still photographs from CCTV footage taken at Belarmine Plaza to Sennan McShea, on 18 October 2013.

The stills showed a man that the prosecution had already said was Mr Dwyer. Det Gda Corcoran told the court he was aware Mr McShea was the son of Mr Dwyer and he showed him the pictures to see if he could identify anyone from the stills.

Det Gda Corcoran said Mr McShea would have seen all the still photographs and Mr McShea selected the ones he was most in a position to comment on.

The detective identified three stills signed by Mr McShea.

"He would have seen all the stills in the booklet and would have selected the ones he was confident with," he said.

The trial continues hearing evidence tomorrow before Mr Justice Tony Hunt.

Irish Independent

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