Saturday 7 December 2019

Graham Dwyer reveals he plans to challenge his murder conviction on 12 key grounds

Dwyer with a model airplane from an edition of ‘Flightlines’ magazine
Dwyer with a model airplane from an edition of ‘Flightlines’ magazine
Graham Dwyer

Ralph Riegel

KILLER Graham Dwyer plans to challenge his murder conviction on 12 key grounds - and following the bizarre sex revelations at his trial, boasts that he is 'Fifty Shades of Graham'.

The startling revelations came in a series of letters to an Anglo-Spanish student au pair who started writing to him in prison.

Dwyer predicts that he will win his appeal later this year against the life sentence for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara (36).

The architect from west Cork has now become a vegetarian and a fitness fanatic in prison.

He has also grown his hair long and often wears it in a ponytail - prompting the nicknames 'Steven Seagal' and 'Jonathan Ross', according to Dwyer.

Dwyer also admitted his annoyance that he won't be able to see the new 'Star Wars' film.

"I will have to wait for the DVD to come out - sigh!"

Dwyer, in the series of letters to the young Dublin-based student, bizarrely said he would also offer to buy a drink for State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, whose post-trial comments will form a central plank of his challenge.

Dr Cassidy, in remarks following Dwyer's conviction last year, said she had expected a 'not guilty' verdict due to the lack of pathology evidence to support the claim that Ms O'Hara had met a violent death.

Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin was convicted of murdering Ms O'Hara on August 22, 2012.

The skeletal remains of the childcare worker were found on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, Dublin on September 13, 2013. However, parts of her body were never found, including the skull. Because of that, it was impossible to rule precisely how she had died.

There was no physical evidence from the remains that Ms O'Hara had in fact met a violent death.

Dwyer was convinced that this fact would result in his acquittal - but the jury returned a guilty verdict after considering detailed circumstantial evidence, including phone records and video recordings of sado-masochistic sex.

"(There was) no evidence that any crime was committed," Dwyer wrote in a letter quoted in the 'Irish Mail on Sunday'.

"There won't be any evidence of any crimes because I didn't commit any.

"Just extreme sex stuff that shocked the journalists and jury! Fifty Shades of Graham. I always want to be the best I can be, whatever I do!


"As Winston Churchill once said, 'When you are going through hell, keep going.' I am still going and I will not rest until I am freed and my name is cleared.

"I will buy Dr Cassidy a pint and take you (the au pair) out to celebrate. Hee hee," the clearly deluded killer wrote.

The trial last March ranked as one of the most high-profile murder cases in Irish judicial history.

After a marathon hearing, the Central Criminal Court jury convicted Dwyer of stabbing Ms O'Hara to death for his own sexual gratification. He received a mandatory life sentence.

However, Dwyer has repeatedly predicted that he will win his appeal, which is due to be heard between April and July, and that he will be freed.

His legal team now consists of seven solicitors and barristers.

In one letter, he revealed that there are 12 major grounds for his challenge - including the lack of pathology evidence that any violent crime was committed, as mentioned by Dr Cassidy.

Incredibly, Dwyer is now receiving up to seven letters a month from people who claim to support his innocence. Many of those writing are female.

Dwyer confirmed that he draws strength from such contacts and sometimes writes back.

"Your letters and friendship all help me, support me, lift my spirits and give me energy for the fight ahead," he wrote.

He also receives regular prison visits from his parents, Seán and Susan, and his brothers, Brendan and James.

Irish Independent

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