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Heart of darkness: Graham Dwyer stalked his ex-lover for over a decade

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Graham Dwyer being taken from court in handcuffs. In the background is Killakee Woods, where Elaine O Hara's remains were found

Graham Dwyer being taken from court in handcuffs. In the background is Killakee Woods, where Elaine O Hara's remains were found

Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

A single rose marks the spot where Elaine O'Hara's body was found

A single rose marks the spot where Elaine O'Hara's body was found

Emer McShea

Emer McShea

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Graham Dwyer being taken from court in handcuffs. In the background is Killakee Woods, where Elaine O Hara's remains were found

Convicted murderer Graham Dwyer stalked and terrorised his former partner in a campaign of harassment lasting more than a decade, a Sunday Independent investigation reveals.

Emer McShea was forced to call gardai after Dwyer bombarded the mother of his eldest son with abusive texts, and was seen cycling past her home in Co Donegal.

On one occasion, Ms McShea and her son were forced to flee their home after Dwyer's mother warned her to get out of the house because he was on his way to Donegal to "commit suicide".

Dwyer was approached by gardai at the time and warned about his behaviour, but there was not enough evidence to press charges against him for harassment and threats.

In November 2007 he also turned up at his son's 15th birthday and flew into a rage because he saw him smoking.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "Emer and Sennan were terrified of him and she locked him out of the house and called the guards."

The dramatic revelations - which shed new insight into the mind of the man who has become Ireland's most notorious killer - emerged this weekend as Dwyer spent his first weekend in jail following his conviction in the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Elaine O'Hara.

Dwyer's legal team was not available to comment on whether or not he plans to appeal the verdict.

However, the defiant killer, who was described as being "relaxed and calm" in his cell in Cloverhill Prison last night, has been telling prison officers he is confident of being released on appeal. He is expected to be transferred this week to Arbour Hill Prison, which houses the State's most serious sex offenders.

Dwyer was put on suicide watch in prison when he was led away to begin his sentence last Friday.

Normally prisoners who received life or lengthy sentences go into shock after sentence is passed down, but prison officers said they were "amazed" at how Dwyer had remained in good spirits since he returned to his cell this weekend.

The Sunday Independent has also learned that Dwyer was so confident of being acquitted of Ms O'Hara's murder, he promised friends and family in Bandon, West Cork, he would travel down for a special 'thank you' gathering once he was freed.

One friend of the family told the Sunday Independent: "He had promised all his friends that, as soon as his name was cleared, he would travel down for a few pints and a quiet meal as a sort of 'thank you' to everyone for all their support and faith. He was promising that he would foot the bill as his way of saying 'thanks' for all the backing."

Sunday Independent


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