Thursday 18 January 2018

Murder accused Dwyer further remanded

Accused of killing Elaine O’Hara

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Eimear Cotter

MURDER accused Graham Dwyer has been further remanded in custody for two weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

Father of two Graham Dwyer (41) is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara, whose remains were found by a woman walking her dog in the Dublin mountains last September.

She had been missing for more than a year.

In November, Dwyer, who is originally from Cork, was denied bail at the High Court. He also lost out on a Supreme Court challenge to that decision just before Christmas.

This morning, Dwyer, with an address at Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, appeared via videolink before Cloverhill District Court.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court on the charge.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said there was consent to a two week adjournment in custody, saying he expected the book to be ready on the next date.

A State solicitor said the charge Dwyer is facing was serious and was a "complicated matter" but the book of evidence should be ready in two weeks time.

The court previously heard the book of evidence was large, and was an "eight volume tome".

Judge Victor Blake remanded Dwyer in custody until January 29.

The accused, wearing a black and white stripped rugby shirt, only addressed the court to confirm his name and he offered a "good morning" to the judge.

Dwyer has been remanded at Cloverhill Prison since he was formally charged with the murder of 37-year-old Ms O'Hara in October.

His parents were in court on November 4 last when High Court Judge Mr Justice Paul Butler refused bail.

The judge heard that Dwyer's father had offered an independent surety of €25,000 and for him to stay at an address in Bandon, Co Cork.

Childcare worker Ms O'Hara, who was from Killiney, Co Dublin, and who also had a part-time job in a newsagents, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22, 2012, near the Shanganagh Cemetery in south Dublin, where her mother is buried.

Her remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on September 13, 2013 on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham, more than a year after she was reported missing.

By chance, several items belonging to her were also found near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, in the days before and after the discovery of her remains.

Dwyer, a married man with two children, is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

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