Tuesday 20 March 2018

Graham Dwyer Trial: 'Elaine had more extreme interests', court is told

Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

ONE OF the men who had sex with Elaine O'Hara after meeting her through an "alternative" website has told the Central Criminal Court that her interests were "extreme".

Mark Guerin was among six men who gave evidence on day 14 of the trial of Graham Dwyer, who denies murdering Ms O'Hara on August 22, 2012.

The jury was told Ms O'Hara went by the profile of "helpmelearn-36/F" on ALT.com, where she met Mr Guerin who had the username "time2killindublin".

He told the court he met Ms O'Hara twice at her home and she laid out restraints on a bed on both occasions, but the first time they just talked and she seemed to have a low opinion of herself and had cuts from self harming and marks "not by herself". The second time they had sexual relations and did not remain in contact.

"You both formed the view that your interests weren't the same in terms of sexual preferences," prosecutor Sean Guerin SC said. "She was more into restraints, blood letting, degradation and humiliation, and you were more into wax play and light kink." "That is right," replied the witness.

The witness agreed with Remy Farrell SC, defending, that he had concluded they were not compatible for "play" and that Ms O'Hara had "substantially" more extreme interests. Members of Ms O'Hara's family left the packed courtroom as details of the online presence emerged.

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The jury was shown a printed copy of Ms O'Hara's profile on ALT.com, which confirmed she had "connected" with several men online. As "helpmelearn-36/F" she stated her fetish was bondage and she loved chains, but it also revealed she wanted someone loyal, trustworthy and possibly caring and strict, Mr Farrell read.

She also appeared to have ticked several boxes on her profile page for bondage, collar and leads/leash, kidnapping, knife play, mummification, sensory deprivation, spanking, slap in the face and verbal humiliation, Mr Farrell said.

Robert Cullen Jones, who went by the username "Dublin_master", told the court he and Ms O'Hara texted each other for several weeks before they met in Dundrum for a coffee in April 2011.

Witness Robert Cullen Jones leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Court
Witness Robert Cullen Jones leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Court

That evening, they went to her apartment where they had sex and he recalled seeing sexual paraphernalia in her room, including handcuffs which were shown in the court.

The met a year later again for coffee, but this time did not have sex, he told the court.

"In terms of what you discussed with Ms O'Hara, I think what she told you was that she had a fantasy to engage in sexual games, as in bondage or restraint where she would be tied up and submissive, giving up control of her situation," prosecutor Sean Guerin SC said to Mr Cullen Jones.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

"That is correct, yes," replied Mr Cullen Jones.

Mr Farrell said it was also clear from Ms O'Hara's profile that she was "putting herself forward as the submissive person in the website and explicitly described herself as a slave".

"That's right," the softly spoken witness replied.

He believed he had deleted her phone number shortly after, but Mr Farrell queried a text he apparently made to Ms O'Hara at 1.46am on August 19, 2012.

"It could have happened," he replied.

The court heard from four other men - Bernard Grealy, Patrick McGuirk, Sean Byrne and Kurt Ronnkuist - who had been in contact with Ms O'Hara through ALT.com or CollarMe.Com, but they had never met her. All were contacted after gardai traced their numbers in Mr O'Hara's phone, or through her private messages online, and some agreed she talked about sex toys and being tied up. At least two had given DNA swabs to gardai.

Graham Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O'Hara, a childcare assistant.

The 36-year-old's skeletal remains was found in the Dublin Mountains on September 13, 2013. The prosecution alleges he killed Ms O'Hara for his own sexual gratification.

The trial continues.

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