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Friday 9 December 2016

'I'd trust him with my life', says girlfriend of sick murderer Dwyer

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Victoria Andreenkova
Victoria Andreenkova

The self-proclaimed girlfriend of murderer Graham Dwyer has said "I would trust him with my life."

In a live interview with 4FM's 'Niall Boylan at Night' show, Victoria Andreenkova (37) told the host that she met the killer in the Midlands Prison and claimed they have kissed.

She also claimed he has lost a "lot of weight" as he doesn't like the prison food.

Dwyer is serving a life term for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Elaine (36) was last seen in August 2012. Her body was discovered in September 2013.

Architect Dwyer (42), a dad-of-three from Foxrock in south Dubiln, pleaded not guilty to her murder but was found guilty following a nine-week trial. He is appealing the verdict.

Speaking on 4FM last night, Ms Andreenkova described him as a "very, very kind human being".

She said she trusted Dwyer and feels he is being mistreated.

"I would like to spend my life with him if possible, but at the moment that's not possible," she said.

"I don't see him as convicted killer. He is Graham. I absolutely trust him. [I] trust him with my life."

Ms Andreenkova said Dwyer wants to "keep his sex life private" and added she felt "he is being really unfairly treated in this country".

"It's nothing to do with manipulating people. He wants to keep his sex life private for the public and that should be respected," she said.

Throughout the interview, broadcaster Niall Boylan repeatedly told Ms Andreenkova that Dwyer was a convicted murderer and this had been proven in a court of law.

Ms Andreenkova said she met Dwyer in the Midlands Prison recently.

"I think he doesn't like prison food because he lost a lot of weight," Ms Andreenkova said. "He did lose weight and I think he is under severe stress."

During their first meeting, she recalled: "He said I looked very beautiful.

"We had no relationship at this stage but, of course, we saw it as a kind of date even though it's all behind walls.

"I can [touch him]. [But] I haven't held his hand so far. We did kiss," she told Boylan.

"He did [express his love] - he formally actually asked me that I be his girlfriend."

Addressing the media reports that she has been banned from visiting him, Ms Andreenkova said the reasons given to Graham Dwyer were different to those in reports, which stated it was because of the way she dressed. Ms Andreenkova said she's appealing the decision.

She said the pair write to each other frequently and he phones her most days.

"[We] love each other very much. We want a future together and that's what I'm aiming at," she said.

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