Thursday 27 October 2016

Prisoner 88335: Life behind bars is a far cry from flying model planes and fast cars

Killer Dwyer will miss his passion for model aircraft
Killer Dwyer will miss his passion for model aircraft

Graham Dwyer got his first taste of real prison life last night after he was handed down a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Elaine O'Hara.

The convicted killer was last night "refusing to speak" in his single holding cell in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison.

He was being checked every 15 minutes by prison officers, as is normal procedure for criminals convicted of serious offences.

Dwyer is expected to be moved to the Midlands Prison as early as today and housed on a landing with other sick killers and sex offenders.

Up until last night the killer has been held at Cloverhill since his arrest in October 2013 and his conviction on March 27.

But after yesterday's sentencing hearing Dwyer was brought to Mountjoy Prison to be processed into the committal system and will likely spend the night there.

However, he is likely to serve his life sentence in the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, according to prison sources.

"There has been some suggestions that he might go to Arbour Hill, but that is a prison largely for sex offenders and while Dwyer's crime has a sexual element to it, his conviction is for murder and the Midlands is the most likely place for him," they added.

Dwyer - also known as prisoner number 88335 - is expected to appeal his murder conviction within the 21 day deadline.

However, this will not change his status within the prison system.

The average time in prison served by those sentenced to life behind bars is over 17 years.

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