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Graham Dwyer Trial: Another ‘obscene’ document sees public cleared from court again


Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

A JUDGE cleared the Central Criminal Court again today as the jury in the Graham Dwyer murder trial was read out another graphic account of sexual violence found on a hard drive at his home.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt cleared the public from the court while the description of the rape of a woman was recounted by Sean Guerin SC, for the prosecution.

Judge Hunt warned the jurors that there would be more material of “a difficult nature.”

In the story, “Jenny’s first rape,” a man tells how he abducts a woman at knifepoint from a bookshop and takes her to a hotel room where he rapes her.

Detective Garda Brid Wallace of the Computer Crime Unit was giving evidence in the trial this morning.

Mr Dwyer (42), an architect of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36), a childcare assistant, at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.


Elaine O'Hara

Elaine O'Hara

Vartry Resevoir

Vartry Resevoir

Sarah Skedd leaving court yesterday. Photo: Courtpix

Sarah Skedd leaving court yesterday. Photo: Courtpix

Darci Day

Darci Day


Elaine O'Hara

Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.

Det Gda Wallace told prosecutor Sean Guerin SC the document was found on a hard drive seized at the accused’s home.

In it the author said it was his first time in Newcastle and he had gone to see some of the sights including the Angel of the North, and to visit some architectural developments to get ideas for new buildings.

He was also hoping to “feed his lust”, the story continued.

“Nobody would suspect what was going on in my mind - rape”, Mr Guerin read from the story.

He said he had packed his overnight bag with the “usual things”, including chloroform, rope and “of course, my hunting knife.”

He spoke of the difficulty “getting a knife through customs since those pretty young air hostesses had their throats slit open on 9/11.”

He also considered his "usual hunting ground" which involved drugging a girl in a nightclub and taking her to an underground carpark, he wrote.

Looking for “potential victims,” he went to the top floor of a book shop where he said he saw a woman who was “engrossed”in a book in the erotic fiction section. The book she was holding was by the Marquis de Sade, the story continued.

“I knew this girl was going to be my next victim,” the author said.

He said she did not notice his presence as he moved closer to her, and took out the knife.

“The coast was clear - I noticed there were no security cameras in this particular area… sweet”

The story said that after the woman “dropped her book and squealed,” he held his knife up in front of her eyes.

The story told how he brought her outside and to his hotel where he dragged her into his room.

“I gently undresed her, revealing her sexy black underwear and her hot body… Jesus she was so sexy,” the story continued.

The story went on to describe raping her with a rope around her throat, saying he “brought my knife under her throat” and said “you make a sound or try to escape and I’ll cut your f***ing throat right now...”

He said he cut off her bra with his hunting knife, “savouring her terror.”

He released the rope after her face turned purple, the author said.

Afterwards: “I looked into her terrified face, contorted with pain, fear and rage, mouth open and stuffed with the ball gag. I smiled, ‘how was it for you, baby?’ ha ha ha.”

A photoshopped image was also found on a hard drive in Graham Dwyer’s home depicting a woman he had contacted online with a cut throat and intestines protruding, the court heard.

The image was of Darci Day, an American woman he contacted in 2011 and who had given evidence in his trial earlier this week.

It was in the same folder as the “killing darci” document which had been read to the court yesterday.

This was an image of a blonde female who appeared to be dead, naked to the waist, with multiple stab wounds and intestines visible.

Det Gda Wallce confirmed that she was aware of the evidence that Darci Day had given in relation to a possible photoshopping of an image by the accused man.

She was in court and saw what Ms Day looked like, and she did not previously know.

She said images from other sources, including the picture of intestines, had been superimposed on the final image.

Still in the absence of the public, Mr Guerin led Det Sgt Wallace through a series of documents, images and video clips retrieved from the Seagate external hard drive.

In one clip in a movie file, dated May 19 2011, you could “see in the background of footage, curtains with Chinese style writing on them,” similar to what has been identified in photographs of Ms O’Hara on her laptop, Mr Guerin said.

Documents in the section included timetable.doc, which referred to school, teaching, the shop and going to Lucan on certain days. This was authored by Elaine O’Hara and last modified by Graham Dwyer in May 2009, Det Sgt Wallace confirmed.

Text files, including timetable.txt, private.txt and story.txt, which was a story on the imprisonment, stabbing and rape of a woman, were similar to document type files which had been found.

In the folder which Mr Guerin called “J” there was a movie file, two document files and a text file.

“The movie file had the name ‘rapedintheass.mpg’,” he said,

“It was a short five second video clip and it was a video of a woman who was bound with rope, who was being raped by a male and audibly crying in the video.”

“That’s correct,” Det Sgt Wallace replied.

Another document, which was over 1,000 words long, was called “Walking along Grafton Street...” and was last modified on May 13, 2005, she confirmed, and authored and last saved by two initials beginning with “J”.

Entitled “thinking of you whilst I wrote this” Mr Guerin said it was an account of a woman walking around St Stephen’s Park who was approached by a name who grabbed her by the throat and pulled her in to the undergrowth where she is raped with a knife to her throat.

There were also two text files in the folder, which were created on April 8 2011 and ‘last written’ in June 2005.

This suggests it was originally created elsewhere and saved on to this hard drive in April 2011, the computer expert said.

One of the text documents, stories_inmaster.txt, was a story about a female’s sexual BDSM encounter with a master.

Another folder had two initials, but the prosecution only gave the site initial as “S”, and in another folder she found eight movie files.

All the file names included the word stabbing – from 1ststabbing.avi to fakestabbing.avi - these were all modified either in 2007 or 2005, the court heard.

Elsewhere there were two videos with a woman’s name, which Mr Guerin did not name in court.

One was called ‘architect72_raping_(woman).avi” and Mr Guerin said there will be evidence from one of the other computers linked to Mr Dwyer in relation to architect72.

Another video - Forcedmasterbationatknifepoint.avi – was a short video about 18 seconds long.

“It shows a woman on a bed and for the last 8  to 9 seconds of the video the left hand of an unseen person appears in the video holding a knife,” he said.

Data from the camera which took the images showed they appeared to be recorded on December 11, 2003, he added.

In the folder with the woman’s name there were also 40 images downloaded from the internet and the majority featured “one male and two females engaged in BDSM activity and women with stab wounds and marks on bodies,” Mr Guerin said.

Another 21 “bondage type images” were in a folder called Altmeet1 and in two of the images a male can be seen holding a knife at a woman’s throat, the court heard.

Other images retrieved in other files included four images of sexual images of a woman and elements of bondage, three were taken in 2005 and one in 2010, Det Sgt Wallace added.

Given the names of the files, they were consistent with profile image names on the Alt.com website, he added.

In one particular file path the folder name “sub” had a folder “EH” and there three video files which had been found in another part of the hard drive.

The clips, called 20, 21 and 22, were last accessed on October 14, 2012 and created on May 29, 2010.

Then the jury heard about a series of graphic images, which Det Sgt Wallce said had been taken with a HTC diamond camera phone on various dates between 2008 and 2009.

Mr Guerin described them as showing “torso with healed scars”, “skin and open wound and other bruising”,  a “persons neck with a red mark visible” (with a red fleece seen), “skin healing wound” and “torso bruising and wound mark”.

Another image taken on the HCT camera phone showed a female wearing a mask on her head, naked, crouched over, facing away from camera, with her hands and ankles chained, Mr Guerin said.

This was taken on November 4, 2008, according to the camera data retrieved from the image.

Det Gda Wallace confirmed the same image – which was associated with Ms O’Hara’s Alt.com profile - was also found on Ms O’Hara’s Apple laptop.

In one hard drive from Mr Dwyer’s house there were 27 image files, two word documents, two text files and 23 movie files found at one location.

Image files were found of the same “blonde haired female” who was not Elaine O’Hara.

There was an image of a woman with a belt around her neck and a knife pressed against her nipple.

There was an image of a breast with a cut under it, blood dripping from it and a knife pressed against the inner area.

There were MP4 files with the names “raped and stabbed”, and “raped and strangled”.

Det Gda Wallace agreed there were images with bondage elements and in one a knife was being held to a woman’s throat. She said these were screenshots or stills and a lot of the images contained reference to a website.

Det Wallace agreed that 21 images were found on the same location that “appeared to be a series of images taken during a particular encounter.”

“It was a sexual encounter and some of the furnishings visible in the images were also visible in [another] movie file...’” Mr Guerin said.

Det Gda Wallace agreed.

Within the “sub” folder were similar folders with the initials of women’s names. She found files in the subfolders that were similar to those she had already described.

She found additional images in the subfolder with initials beginning “J”.

On another location, one the folders was called “nuseed” and this contained 19 video files depicting “rape, throat slashings, stabbings and extreme violence and blood.”

Another was called “victims” and the files appeared to come from a website called “Ogrish.com,” which had extremely graphic images of mutilated women.

She agreed she found other images and movie files on this and other devices.

There was also a “good amount of personal content related to Mr Dwyer,” Mr Guerin said,

This included images and movie files of family occasions, featuring members of his family and gatherings such as birthdays, weddings, holidays.

There were also image and movie files related to architectural work, model aeroplanes and cars including the accused’s Porsche.

There were pictures of his children and pregnancy scan pictures, Det Gda Wallace agreed.

Also found were files related to different individual jobs Mr Dwyer had worked on including Letterkenny General Hospital, as well as his final thesis for a course in UCD.

Det Gda Wallace did key word searches for terms such as architect72, which produced the video that she had already referred to. She did a keyword search for Elaine O’Hara and found in the metadata for the EH folder. She also found “hits” for the term “fetishboy”.

In one file path she found contacts for Mr Dwyer’s Gmail account.

Mr Guerin then moved on to Det Gda Wallace’s examination of two other external storage devices that were found; one black hard drive and one white.

A lot of the data on the white drive was also on the black one but in unallocated clusters. She explained that this meant they had been deleted but not overwritten.

“At first glance it would appear that the drive was completely clear of files except for the system files,” she said.

Once the unallocated area was checked, she could see there was data there.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women next week.

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