Saturday 24 March 2018

Two more men tell court of connection with Elaine O'Hara

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A SEVENTH man has told the Graham Dwyer murder trial that he was in contact with Elaine O'Hara through a website for alternative sexual tastes.

Kevin Mullins said he never met or knew Ms O'Hara, but agreed his phone number was probably stored in her phone contacts list because he was a registered user of the site,

Mr Mullins - who had the username "Youngandfitforit" - could only recall conversing with three to four people online, and exchanging numbers with a couple of them when he joined at the end of 2010 or early 2011.

Another man who connected with Ms O'Hara on dating website said he could only recall a woman from Blackrock telling him "she was suffering from depression and had been in hospital".

Cathal O'Brien never met Ms O'Hara despite his phone number also being on her phone, he added.

Meanwhile, a senior executive with Mr Dwyer's employer, Paddy Fletcher, confirmed he was in the office when gardai found two knives on the premises on February 17, 2014.

Detectives discovered the knives in A4 storage files in the basement A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects on Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, after Mr Dwyer had sketched them a map.

The court also heard a prepaid mobile phone had been sold at a 3 Ireland phone shop on Grafton Street on March 25, 2011, and the name on the retail order was Goroon Caisholn.

The date of birth was 04/04/1992 and the address given was Oak Lawn, Clerihan, Co Tipperary, with an 086-phone number, Mark Kelly of 3 Ireland agreed.

The phone and SIM card were sold with a €40 top-up voucher and the number in full was 083 1103474, the court heard.

Prosecutor Sean Guerin SC later told the court the name used to buy the phone - Goroon Caisholn - was "not dissimilar" to Gordon Chisholm, the name an old friend of Mr Dwyer.

Mr Chisholm, who moved from Scotland to Ireland to work as an architect in 1994, told the court he first met Mr Dwyer on a study trip and later invited Mr Dwyer to his wedding in 2000, but he could not attend and they met only once thereafter.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.

Irish Independent

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