Thursday 23 November 2017

No DNA linking accused to sites

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

NO DNA was found on any items seized from a forested area where Elaine O'Hara's remains were found, the Central Criminal Court heard.

Forensic Scientist Dr Fiona Thornton told the jury at the trial of Graham Dwyer she analysed a number of exhibits seized at Killakee Woods after the body was found in September 2013, as well as from searches at Vartry Reservoir and Mr Dwyer's home and office.

There was no blood found on the runners or sock found at Killakee, and no DNA profile on the rusty blade or disposable cup, Dr Thornton told prosecution barrister Anne Marie Lawlor.

She warned this was not unexpected given the length of time they had been out in the elements.

Items tested from Vartry Reservoir - a green hooded top, knives, sex toys, black leather collar and mask and vaseline tub - were dirt-stained, but there was no blood or DNA found, she said.

Dr Thornton also agreed with Remy Farrell SC, defending, there was no evidence a hunting knife found in Mr Dwyer's office had been covered in blood and washed.

Mr Dwyer (42) denies murdering Elaine O'Hara in the Dublin mountains on August 22, 2012.

Missing

The court was also told that Mr Dwyer's wife, Gemma, believed a spade found in a forested area near Ms O'Hara's remains was from her garden.

She claimed that after her husband's arrest she remembered it was missing in summer 2013.

Mrs Dwyer said she recognised a spade shown in court, as stickers on the handle were familiar and there was a splatter "of orangey red paint on it".

"The fencing and the garden shed had been painted in a Fence Life paint that had gotten everywhere," she said.

Niall Nugent, of tool manufacturer Ames True Temper, said the spade found at Killakee Woods was a True Temper Homeowner range spade manufactured anytime between 1998 and 2009.

He said it had a very distinctive label and agreed it was the same model as a spade pictured in the Dwyers' garden next to a swing set.

Irish Independent

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