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Elaine accused drank pints with pals a week ago


RELAXED: Graham Dwyer has a pint at the former scouts reunion in Bandon.

RELAXED: Graham Dwyer has a pint at the former scouts reunion in Bandon.

RELAXED: Graham Dwyer has a pint at the former scouts reunion in Bandon.

THIS is murder accused Graham Dwyer enjoying a pint in his home town only a week ago.

Mr Dwyer (41) is today on remand in prison after being charged with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

The married father of two has denied killing Ms O'Hara, whose body was discovered in the Dublin Mountains last month, more than a year after she was reported missing.

Mr Dwyer, who lives with his wife and children in Foxrock, south Dublin, last week travelled to Bandon in Co Cork for a reunion as part of Rebel Week.

During the event, in the Munster Arms Hotel, the architect was photographed with his fellow former boy scouts.



It was a world away from the events of the past two days, which saw him arrested at his home on Thursday morning.

Yesterday, he appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with murder.

He arrived in the back of an unmarked garda car shortly after 10am and was escorted to the courtroom where he sat, flanked by two detectives, for almost 20 minutes before the hearing got under way.

Det Sgt Peter Woods of Blackrock garda station took the stand to give evidence of the arrest of Mr Dwyer.

The court heard how, shortly before 8am yesterday, he was formally charged with the murder of Ms O'Hara (36) at a location in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.

After being charged and cautioned, he was asked if he had anything to say, to which he replied: "I do – not guilty."

Det Sgt Woods applied for the accused to be remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison in Dublin for one week.

Mr Dwyer's solicitor, Jonathan Dunphy, said his client was applying for legal aid. Det Sgt Woods said he had no objection to it being granted.

Judge Bridget Reilly said she was deferring the matter and remanded Mr Dwyer in custody until next Friday.

Ms O'Hara left her home at Belarmine Plaza in Stepaside on August 22, 2012.

On September 13 this year , a woman discovered her decomposed remains in undergrowth not far from the Kilakee road.

A number of items belonging to Ms O'Hara had been found two days earlier at Roundwood reservoir in Co Wicklow, including her phone and a key fob.