Wednesday 21 March 2018

O'Hara murder case put back to new year

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Elaine O'Hara

Tom Tuite

AN ARCHITECT charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara, whose remains were found in the Dublin mountains, is to be served with a book of evidence in the new year.

Graham Dwyer, who is originally from Cork but has an address at Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin 18, is accused of the murder of Elaine O'Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.

The 41-year-old married father of two had been charged on October 18 last and when asked if had anything to say, he had replied: "I do, not guilty."

Yesterday, he appeared again via video-link before Judge Grainne Malone at Cloverhill District Court.

State solicitor Saran Ceillier said the "DPP directs prosecution on indictment" and another four weeks were sought for the book of evidence to be prepared. Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy told Judge Malone that there was consent to the four-week adjournment.

Judge Malone told Mr Dwyer that she has been asked to put the case back until January 15 for the service of a book of evidence to which he replied "yes".

At a previous hearing, in November, the remand court had heard that gardai have taken more than 300 statements and have in excess of 800 exhibits. Last month the same court had ruled that Mr Dwyer could be granted free legal aid because he is no longer on a salary and a mortgage on his family home was in arrears.

Following garda objections to him being released he was refused bail by Mr Justice Paul Butler in the High Court on November 4 last. However, it is expected that he is to appeal that decision in the Supreme Court today.

Ms O'Hara, from Killiney in Dublin, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22, 2012, near 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 this year on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham.

The inquest into hear death has been adjourned until the outcome of the criminal proceedings is known.

Irish Independent

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