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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Accused's son shown stills from apartment block's CCTV

Detective Sergeant Kevin Duggan leaving Central Criminal Court after he gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer
Detective Sergeant Kevin Duggan leaving Central Criminal Court after he gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer

GARDAI showed Graham Dwyer's son stills of CCTV footage taken at Elaine O'Hara's apartment complex "to see if he could identify anyone", the jury was told.

Sennan McShea was shown the images and signed the backs of ones he was "most confident about", a garda told the jury.

Detective Garda Paul Corcoran told the jury he took over the role of family liaison officer from September 18, 2013 and was also responsible for dealing with the continuity of exhibits.

Led through his evidence by barrister Anne Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, Det Gda Corcoran said that on September 19 that year he received a box of photographs from Frank O'Hara, Ms O'Hara's father. A crime scene officer took fingerprint lifts from these.

On September 20 he received a red journal from Mr O'Hara and on October 1 a box of keys and a single house key.

On October 18 he received three phones - an HTC, a black Samsung and a silver Nokia.

That day, he showed a number of photo stills to Sennan McShea from the CCTV footage from Belarmine Plaza.

Ms Lawlor asked him what the purpose of this was.

"We were aware that Sennan McShea is the son of Mr Dwyer," Det Gda Corcoran replied.

"The purpose of showing them to him was to see could he identify anyone in the stills that were in the booklet [the file of CCTV images]."

Asked if Mr McShea was shown a still so he could identify his father, Det Gda Corcoran replied: "He would have been shown all the stills in the booklet and he would have identified the ones he was most confident about."

hoodie Mr McShea signed the reverse of a number of photos.

The court heard that photographs of a blue hoodie and vest found by gardai was shown to Ms O'Hara's sister Ann Charles, her father and his partner Sheila Hawkins.

"They were in a position to say it was clothing that they were happy to say that she would have worn," Det Gda Corcoran said.

He also agreed that he had been given documents, including email correspondence, with Ms O'Hara's Montessori College and St Edmundsbury Hospital, where she had been a patient.

He also received her exam timetable.

The jury also heard that gardai were first able to spot Graham Dwyer on CCTV footage from Ms O'Hara's apartment complex eight days after her body was found.

Sgt Kevin Duggan, the CCTV coordinator, said up to 11 officers were involved in analysing the footage and they first saw Mr Dwyer on it in September 21, 2013.

They then "worked backwards" to see if there were any further sightings of Mr Dwyer.

In cross-examination, he accepted that other people seen on the CCTV footage remained unidentified and were described only as "male" or "female" in the log book.

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He remained in full supervision of the footage and no problems were brought to his attention.

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