A woman who is visiting Graham Dwyer in prison has claimed she has 'fallen in love' with the convicted killer.
Victoria Andreenkova, living in Dublin but originally from Russia, described the killer as her 'soulmate'. She said he 'touched her heart' and described him as a 'tender and soft' person.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Victoria said she began to visit father-of-three Dwyer after he sent her a letter, thanking her for attending his trial for the murder of Elaine O'Hara.
She attended the beginning of the trial, but was later asked to leave the court because the judge was unhappy with gestures she was making towards the accused.
She had arrived in court dressed head-to-toe in black, leather clothing, on the day she was asked by the judge to leave the court.
A witness, who attended the trial on the same day as the Russian woman, also reported on how she 'muscled' her way through the queue of members of the public to ensure she got a seat at the front of the courtroom.
It is not clear what gestures she was making to Dwyer on the day she was asked to leave.
She is now one of six people allowed to visit Dwyer at the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise and declared she is 'in a relationship' with him, even changing her Facebook status from 'single' to 'in a relationship' recently.
Victoria said she makes the journey from Dublin once a week to spend half an hour with him.
Last March, Dwyer (42), from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin, was found guilty of murdering Elaine O'Hara (36), 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, who also has an adult son from a previous relationship, 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.