THE man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O'Hara has been refused bail by the High Court.
Graham Dwyer (41), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is charged with the murder of Ms O' Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.
The architect is in custody awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin at the Central Criminal Court on April 13 next year. He has been in custody since October, and went to the High Court yesterday to apply for bail, but the State objected.
His barrister, Remy Farrell SC, said it was unreasonable that his client would be in custody for about 20 months before his trial.
However, Sean Guerin SC, for the State, said the delay was not exceptional at this time. He noted that a person in custody for several months had his trial adjourned that morning due to a shortage of judges.
"He'll have a trial within 19 months of his arrest," he said. "If an earlier date becomes available, the prosecution is ready to proceed."
Mr Justice Paul Carney refused bail.
Mr Dwyer has been remanded at Cloverhill Prison since he was formally charged with the murder of 37-year-old Ms O'Hara last October. His parents were in court on November 4 when High Court Judge Mr Justice Paul Butler refused bail.
Ms O'Hara, who was from Killiney, Co Dublin, and who also had a part-time job in a newsagent's, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22, 2012, near Shanganagh Cemetery in south Dublin where her mother is buried.
Her remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog last September 13 on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham, more than a year after she was reported missing.
By chance, several items belonging to her were found near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, in the days before and after the discovery of her remains.
Gardai previously revealed the extent of the investigation into Ms O'Hara's death.
The file contains 441 lines of inquiry, 336 statements, 349 reports and 814 exhibits.