Wednesday 25 April 2018

Message to Elaine read: 'Must get fit for murder'

Elaine O'Hara
Elaine O'Hara
Graham Dwyer
Det Sgt Alan Brown
Witness Brid Wallace
Witness Paul Healy
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE trial of architect Graham Dwyer has heard details of a text message retrieved from Elaine O'Hara's Apple MacBook computer which included the remark "must get fit for the murder".

The Central Criminal Court has heard that the text message was one of several messages from an 083 number to Ms O'Hara's iPhone that was backed up to her computer. The prosecution alleges that the 083 number belongs to Mr Dwyer.

The married father of two small children, who also has an adult son, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O'Hara (36) at Kilakee, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on August 22, 2012.

Ms O'Hara, a childcare assistant from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill on that date. Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.

The Central Criminal Court has heard how data, including messages, was recovered from 'unallocated space' on Ms O'Hara's laptop - which the court heard was free space on a hard drive where the remnants of deleted information and messages remain.

Yesterday, the jury of seven men and five women heard from a series of garda witnesses involved in the forensic extraction of data from devices, including two iPhones and a laptop owned by Ms O'Hara.

The court heard that an 083 number became of particular significance to gardaí after the remains of Ms O'Hara were found.

Detective Sergeant Alan Browne told the court how text messages from the 083 number were backed up on Ms O'Hara's computer and retrieved by detectives using specialised software and interpreted to make it readable to the human eye.

The computer expert, an adjunct professor at University College Dublin, explained to the court the process of extracting data and ascertaining dates and timestamps in relation to the messages.

Det Sgt Browne told the jury he technically examined Ms O'Hara's Apple Mac laptop and extracted thousands of text messages which had been backed-up.

Several messages from the 083 number to Ms O'Hara's phone were read to the court and placed on screens, including one which read: "Good, Looking forward to getting new bike tomorrow to try and lose weight. Must get fit for the murder."

The court has been told that the 083 number was stored in Ms O'Hara's phone under the name "David".

The jury has also been told that the number was stored in a diary entry on Elaine O'Hara's computer as "Graham's phone number".

One message from the 083 number read: "Terrible. 15per cent pay cut and came 5th in flying." The jury heard of a message from Ms O'Hara's phone, which read: "Sir welcome to reality."

Another text from Ms O'Hara's phone was shown to the jury.

It read: "Yes sir, Dying for more play sir!!"

A text from the 083 number on March 31st, 2011 read: "Yes, beautiful baby girl [NAME OF CHILD]. Glad u enjoyed the other night, many more sessions like it to come. See u sometime over the weekend!"

Another text from Ms O'Hara's phone, sent from the iPhone to the 083 number on November 15th, 2011 read: "Sir, any chance you get an 086 phone sim I get free texts?"

On the same date, the 083 number replied: "No problem. Away in poland from tomorrow so see u Sunday?"

The court heard the content of all messages will be shown to the jury in due course.

Det Garda Brid Wallace of the Computer Crime Unit said messages from the 083 number were found on Ms O'Hara's iPhone and the number saved as "David".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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