Monday 20 November 2017

Graham Dwyer Trial: 'Don't believe the gardai.... I should have gone to the police when she went missing' wrote accused in letter to his wife

Dwyer told wife he wasn't 'totally honest with her'

Gemma Dwyer gave evidence today
Gemma Dwyer gave evidence today

Andrew Phelan and Sarah Stack

Murder accused Graham Dwyer urged his wife not to believe gardai investigating the disappearance and death of Elaine O'Hara.

In a letter sent to his wife in February 2014, Dwyer told his wife he hadn't been completely honest with her.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer: accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Picture: Courtpix

He said that Ms O'Hara took her own life and another man was involved in the disposal of embarrassing items belonging to her.

He said he "saved her life once".

Read more here: Graham Dwyer Trial: Wife of accused believes spade found near Elaine O'Hara's remains is from her back garden

Gemma Dwyer was giving evidence for the prosecution on day 25 of the trial of her husband, Graham Dwyer.

Graham Dwyer who has been charged with the murder of Elaine O'Hara.
Graham Dwyer who has been charged with the murder of Elaine O'Hara.
Graham Dwyer

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

Ms O’Hara, a childcare assistant from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.​

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

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

Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting, asked Ms Dwyer about a letter she received from her husband around February 28, 2014. She recognised that the handwriting on the letter was his.

Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara

There were personal matters that were not read out to the Central Criminal Court by Mr Guerin, but other remarks in the letter were.

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He said it stated: “Do not believe the gardai, they actually have no evidence apart from my name and someone else’s phone number in that awful girl’s diary.”

“I did know her, yes, I was helping her and I wasn’t totally honest with you.”

Ms Dwyer agreed these were the contents of the letter, saying: “Correct, yes.”

Read more here: 'I'm always thinking of you' - email from 'architect' to Elaine 

Mr Guerin said the letter went on to state: “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.”

The letter went on to state that she had “been released from a mental hospital that day” and was on eight prescriptions.

Read more here: Ghosts of Elaine and Dwyers' past emerge in court 

“I should have gone to the police when she went missing, I could have known where she might be but I didn’t," Mr Guerin concluded, reading from the letter.

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