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Elaine O'Hara's father Frank, her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara at court. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Elaine O'Hara's father Frank, her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara at court. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Elaine O'Hara's father Frank, her sister Anne Charles and brother John O'Hara at court. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

ELAINE O'Hara's younger brother told the jury that he found printouts of two pictures of hunting knives during the search of her flat.

John O'Hara (below) also found the name of a fetish website and discovered what he believed to be his sister's user profile on the site.

Mr O'Hara told the jury he searched his sister's car when it was found and later her apartment, along with other family members on August 24, 2012

Among the items found in her car were a sat nav, as well as a Leap card, cigarettes, a lighter, shopping bags and receipts.

The sat nav contained addresses relating to a wedding his sister had been to, her college and a business park in Tallaght.

He found a HP notebook that was different to her usual laptop. He opened it but it was password protected and he did not try to get into it.

He said he found two pictures of hunting knives.

The printouts, from a website selling hunting equipment, were of a Buck Special Knife 119, with a 15.2cm blade and a Buck Special 119 with a coca bola handle and a six-inch stainless steel blade.

There was also a map of a local golf course, Puck's Castle.

Mr O'Hara said he had not had much interaction with his sister on social media.

During the search of her apartment, he found the name of a website on a notebook: www.fetlife.com

He looked this up on his phone to see exactly what the website was. He showed the images to the gardai.

"It was a fetish lifestyle website," he told the court.

Later on, around August 26, he logged on and created a username on the site to see if he could find any information about his sister.

He used search parameters such as gender and appearance and found what he concluded was Ms O'Hara's profile. The username was Chained Brunette.

Mr O'Hara told the court his sister would introduce him as her "baby brother". She did not talk about her personal life and he was completely unaware of that side of her private life until he discovered the address for the fetish website.

Garda John Hayes said he was not aware of a rope or latex body suit being found by anyone at Ms O'Hara's apartment when it was searched.

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Garda Neil Doyle said he first spotted Ms O'Hara's parked Fiat Punto while he was off duty on August 23, 2012 and returned to find it still there after midnight.


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