Saturday 21 September 2019

Killers Graham Dwyer and Gerald Barry becoming close pals in prison

Graham Dwyer Picture: Collins
Graham Dwyer Picture: Collins
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

WOMAN killers Graham Dwyer and Gerald Barry have become close friends in prison, the Herald can reveal.

The two murderers have been described as being “as thick as thieves” while locked up in the Midlands Prison.

Both Dwyer and Barry cruelly murdered their female victims and prison officers have noted how close they have become recently.

“Dwyer has no problem with these sickos, he was mates with serial killer Mark Nash and now he’s pals with Barry,” a source said.

“The pair hang around all the time.”

Dwyer (45), who has few prison pals because he caused a massive security clampdown on contraband after being caught with extreme pornography on USB sticks, stabbed Dublin woman Elaine O’Hara (36) to death in August 2012.

The childcare worker’s skeletal remains were found on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on September 13, 2013.

Dwyer was found guilty of murdering Ms O’Hara in May 2015.

Parts of her body were never discovered, including her skull, making it impossible to say precisely how she had died.

He has appealed against his conviction, claiming the evidence against him is circumstantial.

Barry is serving life for strangling Swiss student Manuela Riedo (17) in Galway in 2007, as well as the rape of a French student.

Barry (38) strangled Ms Riedo on a pedestrian walkway known as ‘The Line’, close to the Lough Atalia area of Galway city.

She had only arrived in Ireland three days prior to that to study English at a language school in Galway.

Dwyer is currently being housed on G Wing of the Midlands Prison after being moved from E Wing as punishment for possession of five USB memory sticks containing the Star Wars Rogue One film and pornography that sources say is extreme in nature, and contains footage of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism) scenes.

“It was pretty awful stuff, not run-of-the-mill pornography. It was extreme,” said one source.

During his trial, it was reported that Dwyer participated in BDSM sessions and had met vulnerable Ms O’Hara through a shared interest in the BDSM sexual subculture.

Dwyer has kept himself to himself in prison, but sources say he loves the publicity he generates and that he scans the newspapers daily to see if his name or picture appears.

He has previously been friendly with murderer Nash, the only man in the prison system serving time for two double murders.

Nash has been in prison since August 17, 1997 – the day after he killed Catherine Doyle (28) and Carl Doyle (29) at their home in Ballintober, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

While serving time for those murders, he was also convicted of the murders of psychiatric patients Mary Callinan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60) in Grangegorman, Dublin, just four months before the Roscommon killings. 'I forgive him for preying on me' - Darci Day says she is healing following her ordeal at the hands of Graham Dwyer

Dwyer has had many privileges stopped after being caught with the contraband, but he is still allowed to attend music classes on a Monday, where he plays his bass guitar.

“It’s like he’s reliving his college days,” the source said of the qualified architect.

Dwyer is also convinced that his appeal of his conviction, which is to be heard early next year, will be successful.

His case against his life sentence for the murder will not proceed until his High Court action against the State over alleged privacy breaches is concluded.

The architect, originally from Bandon, Co Cork, is suing the State, alleging breach of privacy over the manner in which personal information about him was accessed from mobile phones.

That action is understood to be critical to his appeal against his conviction and life sentence.

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