Court refuses Graham Dwyer’s application for bail

Architect in custody awaiting trial next year after being charged with murder of Elaine O’Hara

A file image of Graham Dwyer arriving at court. His application for bail was refused by Mr Justice Paul Carney today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A file image of Graham Dwyer arriving at court. His application for bail was refused by Mr Justice Paul Carney today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 15:58

The man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara has been refused bail by the High Court.

Graham Dwyer of (41) of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock is charged with the murder of Ms O’ Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012.

The architect is in custody awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin at the Central Criminal Court on April 13th next year.

He has been in custody since October and went to the High Court yesterday (Monday) 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 Seán Guerin SC, for the State, said that 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.