Friday 20 April 2018

Graham Dwyer Trial: Seventh man tells court of his contact with Elaine O'Hara through 'alternative' website

*Man said he never met Elaine O'Hara but his number was stored on her phone, court told
*Ms O’Hara told another man she met on a dating website that she was suffering from depression
*Dr Matthew Corcoran told the court he had been the GP for the O’Hara family since the early 1980s
*The doctor said he was not aware of Ms O’Hara ever being pregnant

Andrew Phelan and Sarah Stack

A SEVENTH man has told the Graham Dwyer murder trial that he was in contact with Elaine O’Hara through a website for alternative sexual tastes.

Kevin Mullins said he never met or knew Ms O’Hara but his phone number had been stored in her mobile phone contacts list.

He also said he was “almost certainly working” on August 22, 2012 - the day Ms O'Hara went missing.

He was giving evidence in the trial of Mr Dwyer at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

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.

Read more here: Jury shown DVD clips of Dwyer flying model planes 

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

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.

The prosecution maintains the accused killed Ms O'Hara for his own sexual gratification.

Mr Mullins was led through his evidence by Sean Guerin SC, for the prosecution. He agreed that he became involved in the investigation when gardai contacted him because his number was in Ms O’Hara’s phone contact list.

“The only way you could explain or understand that fact was because you were a registered user of the site, alt.com,” Mr Guerin said.

“That is correct, yes,” Mr Mullins said.

Read more here: Graham Dwyer trial: Elaine contacted six men on sites for 'alternative' sexual tastes, jury told 

He said he was not sure when he had used the site but believed it was the end of 2010 or early 2011.

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

He had found the site while browsing on the internet.

“I didn’t know her at the time, I never met her,” he said of Ms O’Hara.

Mr Mullins told Mr Guerin he recalled conversing with three to four people online and exchanging numbers with a couple of them. He concluded that Ms O’Hara was one of those only because his number was on her phone.

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

Mr Guerin asked if it was correct that Mr Mullins was shown photographs of her by the gardai and saw pictures in newspapers but did not recognise her.

“I didn’t know her,” he said.

He was also asked about the username "Chained Brunette" by gardai, but this meant nothing to him either.

In cross-examination, defence barrister Ronan Kennedy asked Mr Mullins about his usernames.

The court heard one name was “Young and fit for it”, and Mr Mullins added that he was a member of other websites simultaneously.

Mr Kennedy put it to him that he had been in a position to describe to gardai a profile picture of a girl who was naked with her face to the ground, her hands behind her back and her face turned away from the camera.

“I recall that image,” he said.

Mr Kennedy said Mr Mullins had been specifically asked about the date of August 22, 2012 and he had said it was difficult to remember but he was almost certainly working that day.

“I know it’s a busy time for work and I don’t take my holidays until September,” Mr Mullins replied.

The court heard Ms O’Hara told another man she met on a dating website that she was suffering from depression and had been in hospital.

Cathal O’Brien agreed with Mr Guerin that he became involved in the investigation when gardai found his phone number of Ms O’Hara’s phone.

He said he was shown a photograph of Mr O’Hara, and another one in court, but he did not recognise her.

The only explanation he for his number in her phone was that he registered for match.com in 2011 or 2012 and he recalled texting a woman from the Blackrock area who he never met.

His only recollection was that she didn’t drink and “had been suffering from depression and had been in hospital”, the court heard.

Read more here:  Even in 'alternate' world of BDSM, Elaine sought a caring relationship 

A senior executive with Mr Dwyer’s employer, Paddy Fletcher, told the court he was in the workplace when gardai found two knives on the premises on February 17, 2014.

Mr Fletcher, joint MD at A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects on Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, agreed he was called by detectives after Mr Dwyer had sketched them a map showing exactly where the Buck hunting knife and a flick knife where – in A4 storage files in the basement of the premises.

He told Mr Guerin he had been contacted “many times” by Det Sgt Kevin Duggan and could not remember the exact date, but believed the prosecutor was “alluding to” a knife being found in the area where “live or semi-live” files are kept.

When questioned about an event he attended with Mr Dwyer in the Polish Embassy on March 21, 2013, Mr Fletcher told the court several times he could not remember exact dates.

“I am supposed to tell the truth. I don’t remember,” he said to Mr Guerin.

The court heard a presentation was made by Mr Dwyer that evening in the embassy between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer’s expertise in the firm was generating three-dimensional images of buildings and designs and he agreed he had been project manager of an extension to a sports hall at Carlow IT, where minutes recorded Mr Dwyer at a site meeting on June 15, 2011.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer was a director at the firm, where the normal working day was from 8.30am to 4.45pm, but he did not have access to his diary.

Mr Dwyer had also attended a hearing in An Bord Pleanala on his behalf in the first week of July 2012, but the architect had not worked on a project in Galway for the firm, he confirmed.

Under cross examination Mr Fletcher said he knew Mr Dwyer was from Cork, married with two children, had a third child from a previous relationship, and had an interest in cars and model aeroplanes.

However he would not comment on Mr Dwyer's "financial difficulties".

“I believe so, but I didn’t know anything about it,” he told Ronan Kennedy, Mr Dwyer’s barrister.

The court then heard of the sale of a prepaid mobile phone at a shop on Grafton Street on March 25, 2011.

Mark Kelly of 3 Ireland went through details that were contained on a retail order document and a till receipt from the transaction.

He agreed with Mr Guerin that the name on the order was Goroon Caisholn, and where the gender should have been recorded as “m” or “f”, the entry was “111”.

The date of birth was 04/04/1992. The address given was Oaklawn, Clerihan, Co Tipperary, with an 086-phone number.

The time was registered as 1.26pm. The handset bought was a black Nokia 2730 and the phone was a pay-as-you-go, with no bills generated, Mr Kelly said.

He said there was a unique IMEI international identity number for the phone and an ICCID number for the SIM card.

The phone and SIM card were sold with a €40 top-up voucher and the total cost was €99. The phone that was sold had an 083- number. The 083 number in full was 083 1103474, the court heard.

Gerard McCormack, the sales assistant on the day, said the time on the till receipt was earlier - 11.07am - and explained that the transaction would sometimes be inputted into the system after the customer left. He said the customer would write down their details and where the legibility was “slightly off”, he would get as close as he could when inputting them. Mr Guerin said the name in the transaction in question was “unusual.”

Asked what identification was required, Mr Kelly told Mr Guerin: “There would be none required for a prepay sale, that would only be required for a contract sale.”

The only verification of the details was the customer’s verbal verification, he said.

Cross-examined by Kate McCormack BL, for the defence, he agreed that the date of birth given would have put the customer at 18 years old.

He could not explain the “111” entry under gender. He could not recall if the procedure for selecting gender was the same for prepaid phones as it was for bill pay.

Mr Guerin later told the court the name used to buy the phone - Goroon Caisholn – was “not dissimilar” to an old friend of Mr Dwyer.

Gordon Chisholm, who moved from Scotland to Ireland to work as an architect in 1994, said he first met Mr Dwyer on a study trip between DIT Bolton Street and the University in Glasgow where he studied.

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He said he later invited Mr Dwyer to his wedding, but he couldn’t attend and Mr Dwyer later called out to see him in Kilkenny with a present and a “congratulations on getting married”.

They have not been in touch since, he added.

Mr Chisholm was shown the retail order for a phone purchased in 3 Ireland on Grafton Street and said he never bought a phone in the shop and would probably have been in work in Waterford IT on the day.

He also had no knowledge of the address on the receipt, or of three email addresses read out in court.

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

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