Thursday 14 November 2019

Graham Dwyer - Prisoner 88335 - on suicide watch after murder conviction

Sarah Stack

GRAHAM Dwyer has been put on 'precautionary' suicide watch for a third time tonight after his conviction for the murder of Elaine O'Hara.

The 42-year-old - prisoner number 88335 - was said to be "very upset" when he left Dublin's Criminal Courts of Justice for Cloverhill prison this evening where he is expected to serve a life term.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer faces a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Elaine O'Hara

The architect was put on precautionary suicide watch twice by prison officers during his ten week murder trial, Independent.ie can reveal.

He has been behind bars for 18 months having failed to get bail on three occasions and has been described as a "model inmate" by prison sources.

Read more here: Graham Dwyer found guilty of the murder of Elaine O'Hara - and faces life behind bars

However he was moved to a medical section of Cloverhill prison as a precaution after the media coverage on the opening day of his murder trial in January.

The next day his lawyers complained to Judge Tony Hunt that Dwyer was woken every 20 minutes as part of the regime, had no bedding or pillows, and no access to his books or notes

Read more here: Graham Dwyer Trial: The 10 most dramatic moments 

Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara, whose remains were found in the Dublin Mountains on September 13 2013

It is understood that on March 5 solicitor Jonathan Dunphy again approached prison officers and requested an eye by kept on his client when “he was not his usual chatty self” after disturbing evidence was heard.

The judge had cleared members of the public from the court room while a graphic first person account of a man raping and stabbing a woman called Darci – who had testified against him - to death was read.

Elaine O Hara's father Frank pictured with his partner Sheila Hawkins as they arrived at the Courts of Criminal Justice for the trial of Graham Dwyer.
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Pic Frank Mc Grath
Elaine O Hara's father Frank pictured with his partner Sheila Hawkins as they arrived at the Courts of Criminal Justice for the trial of Graham Dwyer. 24/3/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath
Elaine O Hara's father Frank pictured with his partner Sheila Hawkins and Elaine's brother John, as they arrived at the Courts of Criminal Justice for the trial of Graham Dwyer. 24/3/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath
Elaine O Hara's father Frank pictured as he arrived at the Courts of Criminal Justice for the trial of Graham Dwyer. 24/3/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath

Read more here: Graham Dwyer: The other women in his life 

Prison sources said that both times he was put on suicide watch the murder suspect’s own legal team had asked the prison service to observe him.

It has also emerged that Dwyer was threatened by fellow inmates in Cloverhill last weekend who shouted abuse at him, calling him a "rapist" and "murderer".

Prison officers were forced to intervene and protect Dwyer, who escaped any physically harm.

Read more here: Graham Dwyer trial: The 14 points that led to Graham Dwyer’s arrest

Dwyer has been in custody since his arrest and charge in October 2013 and was refused bail three times over the last 18 months.

Reporting restrictions at the time he sought bail meant that the reasons for refusal could not be reported until now.

It is highly unusual for a suspect to be remanded in custody pending trial, especially one with no previous convictions, but Dwyer was refused bail twice at the High Court and on appeal in the Supreme Court.

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Less than three weeks after his arrest Dwyer appeared at Cloverhill District Court where his father, Sean Dwyer, offered to pay an independent €25,000 surety. Dwyer also agreed not to contact any State witnesses as part of his bail application.

Read more here: Graham Dwyer: Profile of a murderer 

But High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Butler refused bail after Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O’Sullivan gave evidence that he feared Dwyer would commit crimes – up to and including murder - if released on bail and would interfere with witnesses.

Dwyer’s appeal to the Supreme Court in December 19, 2013, was refused.

The State also rejected a third bit for freedom by his barrister, Remy Farrell SC, in March 2014.

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