Friday 23 February 2018

Graham Dwyer's family home was searched for more than a day

Remy Farrell SC for Graham Dwyer
Remy Farrell SC for Graham Dwyer

Sarah Stack and Andrew Phelan

Graham Dwyer's family home was searched for more than a day when he was arrested during a dawn raid, the Central Criminal Court was told.

The architect was detained as he answered the door of his Foxrock home when gardai arrived with a search warrant on October 17, 2013 - a month after Elaine O'Hara's remains were found in the Dublin Mountains.

The house was searched until the early hours of the following morning, with officers returning again at 8am on October 18 and searching until 11am, Sgt Brian O'Keeffe told the jury.

A second team of officers also searched Mr Dwyer's workplace, A & D Wejchert on Dublin's Lower Baggot Street, where several exhibits were seized, including computer equipment.

Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Elaine O'Hara (36) on August 22, 2012.

Giving evidence on the ninth day of the trial of Mr Dwyer, Det Sgt O'Keeffe said he went to Dun Laoghaire District Court on October 16, 2013, and made an application for a warrant to search both premises.

The following morning gardai met at Blackrock Garda Station, with Sgt O'Keeffe leading the search in Foxrock and Sgt Kevin Duggan taking charge of the workplace search.

Prosecutor Sean Guerin SC told the court that shortly after 7am "the accused man Graham Dwyer answered the front door and at that point Det Sgt Peter Woods arrested Mr Dwyer".

Crime scene officers attended and seized a number of items including two cars, an Audi and Land Rover parked outside.

Under cross examination, Sgt O'Keeffe agreed with defence counsel Remy Farrell SC that hard drives and USB drives were laid out on the bed and photographed, including a bull clip - described as a big paper clip.

Mr Farrell asked whether the gardai considered the paper clip to be relevant given some were discovered on Killakee mountain.

"Yes," said Sgt O'Keeffe.

Mr Farrell said pictures were also taken of items in Mr Dwyer's shed, including screws and cable ties.

Det-Sgt Duggan said his team met Paddy Fletcher, a partner in the architect's firm, who pointed out various locations in the office, including Mr Dwyer's workstation.

Items seized included two laptops, a memory stick, certificate of membership for Roundwood Golden Eagles, a business card for the International Aerobatic Club, and a letter from Tower Hobbies, a 3G mobile phone record for an 087 number from 2011, an annual corporate membership of the Irish-Polish Business Association for the accused, and e-mails between the accused and Siobhan McKevitt regarding pay.

A feasibility study form for travel to Poland, a timesheet from 2012 for the accused, a mileage spreadsheet for 2012 and 2013 and payslips were also taken.

Also seized was Mr Dwyer's attendance record for May 30, 2010 to October 7, 2013, a holiday attendance sheet, records of minutes of a meeting on June 7, 2013 at 9am, minutes of another meeting on June 15, 2011, at 10am at Carlow IT, the accused's time sheet for July 1, to July 22, 2012.

Irish Independent

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