Thursday 20 June 2019

Darci: I wish I could have 'saved' Elaine

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Darci Day, witness in Graham Dwyer trial
Sean Dwyer vists his son Graham in prison

Elaine McCahill

The young American woman who testified that Graham Dwyer threatened to kill her has said she wishes she could have "saved" Elaine O'Hara.

Darci Day, who could have been Dwyer's next victim, posted a message on Twitter saying: "RIP Elaine. Wish I knew you and could have saved you."

She also wrote: "Don't let the darkest of human nature win; let beauty and light shine through the pain."

Ms Day gave evidence at Dwyer's trial via video from Maine in the United States because she was too afraid to be in the same room as him.

She told the court how when she met the 42-year-old architect online she was suicidal but didn't have the 'courage' to kill herself.

In his fantasy, Dwyer detailed how he would fly Darci to Ireland and take her to a cabin where he would cut her throat as he raped her.

Ms Day has previously said how she is happy justice has been done and her heart "goes out to everyone involved".

Following his conviction on Friday, Dwyer was placed on suicide watch at Cloverhill Prison. Over the weekend he was visited by his father Sean.

Meanwhile it has emerged that Dwyer's former home at Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, south Dublin, has been broken into a number of times over the past few months.

The house is at the end of a tree-line cul-de-sac.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said Dwyer's former home has become a macabre attraction and there are regular visits by people curious to look at the house.

Dwyer was arrested at his home on October 17, 2013 and has been in custody ever since.

"The house is just lying there completely empty. It has been burgled a few times," said the neighbour.

"No one knows if it's kids messing or people looking to take things from the house as mementos.

"Everyone in the area is just in complete shock, it just goes to show that you don't know what goes on in people's lives," they continued.

"It has just gripped the whole community and people are now driving their cars up and down the street to get a look."

Irish Independent

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