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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Graham Dwyer Trial: Judge clears members of public from court for a third time

Elaine O'Hara (left) and Graham Dwyer (right)
Elaine O'Hara (left) and Graham Dwyer (right)

MEMBERS of the public have been cleared from the Graham Dwyer trial for a third time after the judge ruled video clips found on a hard drive are too obscene for anyone not connected with the case.

Only persons involved with the murder trial, including legal teams, investigators, family members and accredited media, could remain in the court room 13 as the prosecutor, Sean Guerin SC, continued presenting evidence.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt warned the jury member they were about to see short clips would be difficult, but urged them to leave aside any emotions or feelings that may come to the forefront of their minds.

“Look at it as information pertaining to the decision you will have to make,” he said.

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Ms O’Hara’s family left the court room before Det Gda Brid Wallace took the stand and explained where on the hard drive she found the clips, which will be played on small screens in front of the judge and each juror.

Mr Dwyer, a 42-year-old architect from Foxrock in Dublin, denies murdering Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22, 2012, in the Dublin mountains.

Her remains were found more than a year later – on Sepetmber 13, 2013 – by a dog walker in under growth.

The prosecution alleges he killed her for his own sexual gratification.

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Judge Hunt cleared the court on Thursday afternoon and again on Friday morning as documents recovered on an external Seagate hard drive found in Mr Dwyer’s home were read on to the record.

These included a four page document entitled "Killing Darci", and another called “Jenny’s first rape”

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