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Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Master' phone 'had door codes', Dwyer trial told

THE "Master" phone which the prosecution allege was used by Graham Dwyer had entry codes for Elaine O'Hara's apartment complex dialled into it at the time Mr Dwyer was seen there on CCTV a week before she disappeared, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Another phone the prosecution allege had been used by the accused had been sent other entry codes earlier, the jury was told.

Crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd also said that the contact number used to buy the other phone allegedly used by Mr Dwyer, was the same as his own work phone number apart from the prefix.

Ms Skedd was giving evidence this morning at the trial of Mr Dwyer (42), from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, who denies the murder of Ms O'Hara (36) on August 22, 2012.

Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification. Ms Skedd was giving evidence of a number of "points of connection" made between mobile phones allegedly used by Mr Dwyer.

These included a "Master" Nokia phone with an 086 1759076 number that was later found in Vartry reservoir, and a phone with an 083 1103474 number that was bought in the name "Goroon Caisholm", but never found.

A detailed chart setting out what the prosecution called "points of connection" between the phones was shown on screens to the jury.

Judge Tony Hunt reminded the jury that the alleged links and alleged use of the phones was yet to be proven by the prosecution.

Ms Skedd agreed with Mr Guerin that Mr Dwyer's work phone had a similar number to the contact provided by the person who bought the "Goroon" phone. She said the only difference was the prefix - Mr Dwyer's work phone had the number 087 2100407, while the number provided for the "Goroon" phone was 086 2100407.

Another point of connection on the chart was between Mr Dwyer's work phone and Ms O'Hara's iPhone between January 2008 and December 2009.

Mr Guerin then took Ms Skedd through what the prosecution claim are the points of connection on the chart coming from the "Goroon" phone.

He pointed to a link Ms Skedd had made between this phone and Gordon Chisolm, who knew Mr Dwyer from the 1990s and previously worked at A&D Wejchert Architects. The line on the chart connecting the 083 phone was the similarity between Mr Chisolm's name and that of "Goroon Caisholm".

ADDRESS

The second point of connection on the chart was the similarity between Mr Dwyer's sister's home address and the address given by the person who had bought the "Goroon" phone - Oaklawn, Clerihan, Tipperary.

The next connection, Ms Skedd agreed, was credit that was purchased at Centra, Cornelscourt which was near the home of the accused.

Another was the purchase of phone credit at Jones' Deli, Baggott Street on November 22, 2011. This was across the road from Mr Dwyer's workplace, Ms Skedd agreed.

Also noted on the chart was contact between the "Goroon" phone and Ms O'Hara's from March 2011 to July 2012, when it ended. More links were a text message with the number 13460 from Ms O'Hara's phone to the "Goroon" phone on March 28, 2011. This was the entry code to one of the doors at Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside from December 23, 2010.

On November 13, 2011, another text was sent with the entry code for Block A at the complex.

They then moved on to connection points on the chart coming from the "Master" phone, beginning with contacts that were made between it and the "Slave" phone that was allegedly linked to Ms O'Hara. This was between December 2011 and August 2012.

On August 15, 2012 there were two attempted calls from the "Master" phone to a number which was the entry code of Block A at Belarmine Plaza later in August.

Ms Skedd agreed that whoever was using that phone had inputted the entry code number during a period from 7pm to 8.02pm that day, when Graham Dwyer was seen on CCTV entering and leaving the complex.

The trial continues.

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