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Pictured on the third day of the murder trial of south Dublin architect Graham Dwyer for the murder of Elaine O'Hara at the Central Criminal Court are her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Pictured on the third day of the murder trial of south Dublin architect Graham Dwyer for the murder of Elaine O'Hara at the Central Criminal Court are her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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Elaine O'Hara's father Frank, her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara at court. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Elaine O'Hara's father Frank, her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara at court. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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Court 13, where the Dwyer case is being heard

Court 13, where the Dwyer case is being heard

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Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

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Elaine O'Hara

Elaine O'Hara

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Pictured on the third day of the murder trial of south Dublin architect Graham Dwyer for the murder of Elaine O'Hara at the Central Criminal Court are her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A LATEX bodysuit, images of two hunting knives and a notebook containing the name of a fetish lifestyle website were among a number of items found in Elaine O'Hara's apartment after her disappearance, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of architect Graham Dwyer was also told the childcare worker's brother John O'Hara created a user profile on the website www.fetlife.com to see if he could find any information about his eldest sister after she went missing.

Mr Dwyer (42), a father-of-two from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock - originally from Bandon, County Cork - has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms O'Hara (36) at Killakee, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on August 22, 2012.

Day three of the trial also heard that Ms O'Hara told her sister Ann Charles and her father's partner Sheila Hawkins in 2011 that she had suffered a miscarriage that year.

Ms O'Hara, from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill. Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013, more than a year after she disappeared.

Yesterday, John O'Hara told the court that he found the name of the fetlife.com website in Elaine O'Hara's Belarmine Plaza apartment in Stepaside on August 24, 2012 - two days after she disappeared. He also found two print-outs of pictures of hunting knives from Active Hunting Ireland's website as well as a printout of a map to a golf course in Rathmichael near Bray, both of which had been printed on July 11, 2012.

Mr O'Hara also found a notebook during the Friday-night search of his sister's apartment with the name of the fetlife.com website which he looked up on his phone, showing images from the site to gardai and his sister Ann Charles.

Mr O'Hara subsequently created a user profile on the site and said that he believed he had identified Elaine O'Hara's profile - one with no picture - called "Chained Brunette" and informed gardai before closing down his user profile.

Mr O'Hara told the court that the map of the golf course at Puck's Castle stood out to him.

He said the map was dated 11 July 2012, but he said he had asked her for a lift to the same golf course later in July and she had told him she did not know where it was.

The court heard Ms Hawkins told gardai that she was aware Ms O'Hara had an interest in 'S&M' [sado-masochism], but amended that statement to say that her knowledge of Ms O'Hara's interest in BDSM was from a conversation with her partner Frank O'Hara, Elaine's father.

Ms Hawkins, a psychologist, said Ms O'Hara had told her she had an interest in tying herself up as an adolescent. She said her father was incredibly distressed after Ms O'Hara told him in 2008 that she was seeing a married architect who tied her up.

Ms Hawkins told the court that she "recoiled" when her hand felt an oily rubber substance during a search of Ms O'Hara's apartment on Friday August 24, 2012.

"I saw what looked like black latex," said Ms Hawkins.

However, Garda John Hayes, who took part in a detailed search of Ms O'Hara's apartment with three garda colleagues on August 25, 2012, said he was not aware of any latex bodysuit or rope in the apartment during the course of the detailed search.

Garda Hayes, who bagged and identified a series of exhibits, said he believed the printout of the golf course at Puck's Castle might be relevant.

A jogger who is the last known person to see Elaine O'Hara alive recalled how he had given Ms O'Hara directions to a footbridge and encountered her again on the bridge during his 32-minute jog near Shanganagh cemetery in Shankill where Ms O'Hara's mother is buried.

Conor Gilfoyle, who was using the mobile GPS app MapMyRun on August 22, 2012, said he recalled meeting her twice, but that Ms O'Hara was not interested in conversation and did not say thank you after he gave her directions.

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

Key quotes

“I recoiled because my hand felt this oily rubber substance. I saw what looked like black latex.” – Sheila Hawkins, partner of Elaine O’Hara’s father Frank O’Hara, when asked by defence counsel Remy Farrell SC if she had found a black latex bodysuit in Ms O’Hara’s apartment after her disappearance.

 “I placed her emotional development around the age of 15” – Sheila Hawkins (inset), a psychologist, tells defence counsel Remy Farrell SC of her view of Ms O’Hara after she “blurted out” to her – in 2011 – that she had sex for the first time and had suffered a miscarriage.

“She told me it was the result of a one-night stand and wouldn’t really answer any more of my questions.” – Ann Charles, Elaine O’Hara’s sister, on a conversation she had had after receiving a text from her sister at the end of 2011 to say that she [Elaine O’Hara] had suffered a miscarriage that May.

“I looked it up on my phone and I showed my sister and the garda the images on it. It was a fetish lifestyle website.” – John O’Hara, Elaine’s younger brother, tells the court of finding a notebook in Elaine O’Hara’s apartment with fetlife.com, the name of a website, in the notebook.

 

“I recoiled because my hand felt this oily rubber substance. I saw what looked like black latex.” – Sheila Hawkins, partner of Elaine O’Hara’s father Frank O’Hara, when asked by defence counsel Remy Farrell SC if she had found a black latex bodysuit in Ms O’Hara’s apartment after her disappearance.

“I placed her emotional development around the age of 15” – Sheila Hawkins (inset), a psychologist, tells defence counsel Remy Farrell SC of her view of Ms O’Hara after she “blurted out” to her – in 2011 – that she had sex for the first time and had suffered a miscarriage.

“She told me it was the result of a one-night stand and wouldn’t really answer any more of my questions.” – Ann Charles, Elaine O’Hara’s sister, on a conversation she had had after receiving a text from her sister at the end of 2011 to say that she [Elaine O’Hara] had suffered a miscarriage that May.

“I looked it up on my phone and I showed my sister and the garda the images on it. It was a fetish lifestyle website.” – John O’Hara, Elaine’s younger brother, tells the court of finding a notebook in Elaine O’Hara’s apartment with fetlife.com, the name of a website, in the notebook.

Irish Independent