Book of evidence in Elaine O’Hara case ‘eight-volumes’

Graham Dwyer further remanded in custody until after Christmas

Graham Dwyer  at Dun Laoghaire court in October. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer at Dun Laoghaire court in October. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 11:35

The man charged with the murder of Elaine O’Hara has been further remanded in custody until after Christmas when the book of evidence is due to be presented in court.

“I understand it is quite a large eight-volume tome,” Saran Ceillier barrister for the DPP told Judge Gráinne Malone of Dublin District Court at Cloverhill today.

Graham Dwyer was charged in October with the murder of Elaine O’Hara (36) whose decomposed remains were found in the Dublin mountains in September.

Mr Dwyer (41), originally from Cork but with an address at Kerrymount Close, Dublin 18, was today remanded in custody to appear on January 15th by video-link.

Last month he was refused bail by the High Court after it was opposed by the State. However this matter is due before the Supreme Court tomorrow.

He was wearing a black jumper and light-coloured trousers when he appeared by videolink today. He gave his name when asked by the judge.

The architect and father of two is accused of murdering Ms O’Hara in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012.

His arrest in October followed the discovery of her remains in the Dublin mountains over a year after her disappearance.

Mr Dwyer has been held at Cloverhill Prison since he was charged on October 18th. That hearing was told that when he was cautioned by gardaí and asked if he had anything to say Mr Dwyer had replied “I do; Not guilty”.

On November 20th he was further remanded in custody and was granted legal aid. At that hearing the court heard he was no longer on a salary and his family home was in mortgage arrears.

At that point the gardaí said their investigation was at a “very advanced stage”. Gardaí have 441 lines of inquiry, 336 statements, 329 reports and 814 exhibits, Det Sgt Peter Woods told the court on November 20th.

Ms O’Hara had been missing for more than a year before her decomposed remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on September 13th at Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham.

A bag containing a number of items belonging to Ms O’Hara as well as her mobile phone and keys were discovered in a reservoir near Roundwood, Co Wicklow at different times in the days before and after the body was found.

The opening of an inquest into her death heard that no cause of death had been established and the inquest was adjourned until the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

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