Monday 18 November 2019

Timeline of discoveries at the Vartry reservoir

Witnesses from the Garda Underwater Unit (L-R) Lorcan Byrne, Enda Brodrick and Jerry McGroarty leaving court yesterday after they gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer who has pleaded NOT guilty to the murder Elaine O'Hara in August 2012. Pic: Courtpix
Witnesses from the Garda Underwater Unit (L-R) Lorcan Byrne, Enda Brodrick and Jerry McGroarty leaving court yesterday after they gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer who has pleaded NOT guilty to the murder Elaine O'Hara in August 2012. Pic: Courtpix
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Bondage cuffs, leg restraints and a blindfold were fished out of a reservoir by anglers three days before the discovery of Elaine O'Hara's remains, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

September 10, 2013:

William Fegan said he noticed rope and something shiny in the water near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, while standing on a bridge with his brother, James, and a friend, Mark Quinn. They got a tension strap with a hook and "out of curiosity" started fishing out the items.

By the time they'd finished, a double set of handcuffs with chains, bondage cuffs with restraints, a ball gag - a rubber ball, a strap and a buckle - a blindfold, a vest and hoodie were piled on a wall. The men left, but Mr Fegan said the find was "niggling" him overnight and he returned the next day, bagged the items and gave them to Garda James O'Donoghue at Roundwood Garda Station.

September 16, 2013:

The garda told the court he returned to the bridge three times, but it was five days later when he spotted part of a handcuff submerged in the water below.

Gda O'Donoghue felt under the water and from the mud retrieved a set of keys, a leather bondage mask, a large black handed kitchen knife, a rusty chain with a bull ring and an inhaler.

When loyalty cards on the keys were traced to then missing woman Elaine O'Hara, the area was preserved as a crime scene and the Garda water unit called.

September 17, 2013:

Crime scene examiner Garda Wayne Farrell initially photographed items visible in the water including the handle of a knife, with the blade mostly embedded in the water, and a mobile phone with the rear cover and battery missing.

At the waterside, with a shovel and spade, he retrieved a mobile phone; set of handcuffs; set of handcuffs attached together with a chain; one of two black-handled knives he could reach; two sex toys and a roll of black insulating tape.

Searches further under the bridge recovered a pair of shorts and a dressing gown with the Real Madrid crest on it.

Garda Jerry McGroarty of the Garda water unit retrieved a red and black coloured rucksack and the sawn off barrels of a double-barrel shotgun.

October 7, 2013:

A five-member Garda water unit team returned with equipment and Garda Enda Broderick used an underwater metal detector in the river. As it made a 'ping' sound he would mark the area with a stick and items would be dug out by Garda Eoin Ferriter, he said.

Between them, they recovered a Nokia mobile phone and Sim card, a pair of glasses, sun glasses, gold bracelet, small jar containing clear liquid, two clothes hangers, a second Sim card, and a metal band.

They were all found in close concentration, just south of the bridge, he said.

Garda Lorcan Byrne located the back cover of a mobile phone, two Nokia mobile phone batteries, two anal plug sex toys (one larger, one smaller), Ever Ready C size batteries, some kind of small red remote control with an on/off button, a piece of yellow rope and a balaclava type ski mask.

Gda McGroarty was back on the scene and recovered another pair of shorts, a Dire Straits CD and a mattress - which was the only item he found on the northern side of the bridge.

Garda Derek Coady agreed several other items were recovered, including a computer desk top, a small tub, a plaster, socks, toiletry bag, and a DVD.

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