Wednesday 25 April 2018

Extracts from a letter Graham Dwyer wrote to his wife Gemma Dwyer in February 2014 - as read out by prosecutor Sean Guerin SC during the trial this week.

Graham Dwyer and his wife Gemma in a photo from an old magazine featuring an article about the couple's renovated cottage
Graham Dwyer and his wife Gemma in a photo from an old magazine featuring an article about the couple's renovated cottage

Do not believe the gardai. They actually have no evidence apart from my name and someone else's phone from that awful girl's diary".

"I did know her, yes. I was helping her and I was not totally honest with you.

"There is another man. Someone who likes Real Madrid and wears pink underwear who is involved in this. I believe this girl committed suicide and this man disposed of some embarrassing items on her behalf.

"Why do you think none of her family are pushing this? She tried to kill herself several times. I saved her life once.

"I should have gone to the police when she went missing. I could have known where she might be. But I didn't.

 

THE WEEK IN QUOTES

We went out to dinner. We went out to a Mexican restaurant on South Great George's Street and celebrated our birthday together.

- Gemma Dwyer, wife of the accused Graham Dwyer, explains how they celebrated their joint birthday on September 13, 2013, by going for a meal. Coincidentally, the skeletal remains of Elaine O'Hara were found at Kilakee in the Dublin mountains earlier that day.

I'm really lonely, I can't talk to anyone because they will say it's my fault and I haven't done enough.

- A 'Dear Diary' style entry dated November 12, 2010 that gardaí found on the hard drive of Elaine O'Hara's blue notebook computer.

That's the spade from our garden.

- Gemma Dwyer tells prosecutor Sean Guerin SC that she recognised a spade found at Kilakee near the remains of Elaine O'Hara as a spade that had been missing from her home throughout the summer of 2013.

They were similar but did not match.

- Bridget Fleming from the Forensic Science Laboratory tells defence barrister Remy Farrell SC that paint on a spade that was found near the location where Elaine O'Hara's remains were discovered did not match the paint that was used in the garden of Mr Dwyer's home.

Considerably less than one in a thousand million.

- Dr David Casey from the Forensic Science Laboratory explains the chance of DNA profiles of semen found on three areas of Elaine O'Hara's mattress belonging to someone other than Mr Dwyer.

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