Saturday 16 November 2019

Darci Day breaks silence on Graham Dwyer verdict: ‘I’m glad justice has been done’

Darci Day
Darci Day
Darci Day, witness in Graham Dwyer trial
Darci Day
Darci Day
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The American woman who testified against Graham Dwyer via video during his ten-week murder trial has said she is “glad” that justice has been done.

The 42-year-old architect faces life behind bars after he was found guilty yesterday of murdering Elaine O’Hara to fulfil his own sexual gratification and sick lust for letting blood.

Like Ms O’Hara, Dwyer preyed on Ms Day’s inner thoughts which were also haunted by self harm and suicidal ideation.

During the trial, the court had heard that Ms Day, from Maine, had communicated with Mr Dwyer over the internet in 2010 and 2011, though they never actually met.

A document called “Killing Darci” was discovered on the hard drive by Det Garda Bríd Wallace and was created on March 2nd, 2011.

Darci – who he knew as Cassie – had “ticked all the boxes”.

“Beautiful, young, smart and clear about what she wanted and critically wanting to die the same way I wanted to kill,” he wrote in the graphic account of rape, torture and murder retrieved form a hard drive found in his bedroom.

Last night, from the US, Ms Day tweeted: “I'm glad justice has been done for all the families and my heart goes out to everyone involved.”

“There is a very strong message of hope and love I want to send to anyone who has felt broken or depressed or suicidal and that message is they are loved and beautiful.”

“ And the Lord loves them. This has been a very long painful trial,” Darci said.

And in an interview with the Irish Star newspaper published today, Ms Day said that giving against Dwyer was "the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life".

Ms Day asked Ms O'Hara's family for forgiveness for not coming forward sooner.

"I just pray [Elaine's] family can forgive me for not speaking up in the beginning," she said.

"I'm still a little overwhelmed... but my main message will remain the same. After staring into the face of darkness and then overcoming my past, my message will remain as such - never let your past define you but rather let it teach you and help you grow.

"We all have made mistakes that we are not proud of and this has been my biggest mistake."

It has also emerged that Ms Day was allowed to give evidence via video link from the US only after the judge had reversed a decision to have her evidence excluded - after Dwyer sent her a Christmas card.

The murderer managed to obtain her home address just a month before going on trial for stabbing Ms O'Hara to death.

In the Christmas card, he protested his innocence of murder, saying he was being blamed for a suicide and there was no evidence against him.

He also wished her and her dog Bruno a happy Christmas.

The jury was never told about the card, and Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the only conclusion that could be drawn from it was Dwyer was trying to affect Darci Day's evidence.

During a short hearing in mid-December, Mr Justice Paul Carney, another Central Criminal Court judge, had refused to allow Ms Day's evidence be heard via video link. But Mr Justice Hunt reversed that decision.

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