Monday 19 March 2018

Elaine suspect's secret message

Accused makes 'W' sign in court

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
The late Elaine O’Hara.
Garda at the scene in the Dublin Mountains, Rathfarnham, where the remains of Elaine O'Hara were discovered
Graham Dwyer: accused

THE architect charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara gave a secret message to his family before being refused High Court bail.

Graham Dwyer smiled at his parents as he arrived in court yesterday before pointing at his jumper and making a 'W' gesture with his hands.

The 41-year-old's father offered to pay an independent surety of €25,000 to see him released from custody ahead of the murder trial.

However, Dwyer of of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, in south Dublin was back in Cloverhill Prison last night after a judge turned down the application.

The father-of-two was dressed in a black turtleneck sweater, black trousers and shoes for the hour-long sitting at Cloverhill courthouse.

His barrister Garrett McCormack told the court that if released Dwyer would reside in Bandon, Co Cork. He is originally from Cork.

But High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Butler denied bail after Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan objected on behalf of the State.

Judge Butler also imposed restrictions on the reporting of Chief Superintendent O'Sullivan's testimony.

Dwyer bowed his head, shaking it from side to side as bail was refused, briefly glancing up at his parents.


He is accused of killing Ms O'Hara at an unknown place somewhere in Co Dublin on August 22 last year.

Ms O'Hara (37) vanished on August 22 last year after leaving her home in Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside.

She was later seen at a railway footbridge at Shankill, Co Dublin, near Shanganagh cemetery, where her mother is buried.

Partial remains of her body were uncovered by a dog on a walk with its owner in Killakee, near Rathfarnham, in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, on September 13.

Mr McCormack told the court an independent surety of €25,000 had been offered, and that Dwyer would would be willing to stay at an address in Bandon, Co Cork.

Dwyer also undertook not to contact State witnesses as part of his unsuccessful bail application.

The High Court was asked to take into consideration that Dwyer, if denied bail, could spend a lengthy period in custody pending his trial.

The full details of the bail hearing cannot be reported after restrictions were imposed.

He has been on remand at Cloverhill Prison since he was charged with murder on October 18.

Dwyer, a director of the A&D Wejchert & Partners firm in Dublin, is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.


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