Saturday 16 December 2017

'The spark is off' - Murderer Graham Dwyer and new girlfriend taking a break

Victoria Andreenkova
Victoria Andreenkova
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Murderer Graham Dwyer's self-proclaimed girlfriend said they are now "taking a break", as she wants time to think about her situation.

Victoria Andreenkova (37) told 96FM's Opinion Line that she feels it's better if they leave each other alone for now.

"We didn't see each other for six weeks and the spark is a bit off actually. I don't know how we should progress further with this," she said.

"I haven't really told him that. I don't want to hurt his feelings."

The Russia-native said she was finding it hard to maintain a relationship with someone who is living behind bars.

"I never met his family. If you have a relationship with somebody, [they] introduce them to family members and stuff like that, but that did not happen in this instance.

Graham Dwyer pictured leaving the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts
Graham Dwyer pictured leaving the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts

"I do feel a bit left out of the whole thing. I feel very hurt by everything."

Read more: Graham Dwyer pleads for ban on new girlfriend to be lifted so she can visit him

Ms Andreenkova had previously been banned by prison authorities from visiting Dwyer, who was jailed for life in March for the murder of vulnerable child care worker Elaine O’Hara. It was believed he was influencing the style of clothes she was wearing to prison visits.

She attended Dwyer's trial earlier this year, but was later asked to leave the court because the judge was unhappy with gestures she was making towards the accused.

In March, Mr Dwyer was found guilty of murdering Ms O'Hara on August 22, 2012 at a remote spot in the Dublin Mountains.

The childcare worker's skeletal remains were found by a woman walking her dogs on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, on September 13, 2013.

The married father of two was found guilty by a unanimous jury of stabbing Ms O'Hara to death for his own sexual gratification.

He received a mandatory life sentence and has initiated an appeal against his conviction.

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