Monday 18 December 2017

‘A life for a life. Help me to kill somebody and I will give you a child’ - text sent to Elaine’s phone

Elaine O'Hara (left) and murder accused Graham Dwyer
Elaine O'Hara (left) and murder accused Graham Dwyer

A text message allegedly from Graham Dwyer to Elaine O’Hara promised that he would get her pregnant, if she helped him to kill another woman, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury heard more text messages which were among thousands that the prosecution maintains were exchanged between Mr Dwyer and Ms O’Hara before she went missing.

Mr Dwyer (42), an architect of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36), a childcare assistant, at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.

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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.

Elaine texted the 083 number which the prosecution claims was being used by Mr Dwyer in 2011.

“I will miss you Sir,” she texts, adding that if she is ever going to find anyone to give her kids she needs to be free of stabs.

“Unless want you give me a child Sir?” she asks.

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“I would but I won’t be around to raise or support it,” he replies.

 They discuss when she might get pregnant and how she’d fit a baby in with work and college.

“OK a life for a life,” he texted. “Help me take one and I’ll give you one.”

This morning, Prosecutor Sean Guerin SC continued to read out dozens of the messages between Ms O’Hara’s iPhone 086 3311207 and the number 083 1103474.

This was the number of a prepaid phone purchased by a “Goroon Caisholm” which the prosecution claims was being used by Mr Dwyer.

Mr Guerin was reading from transcripts of the texts for a third day as Crime and Policing Analyst Sarah Skedd gave evidence.

He referred to the users of the two phones as “he” and “she” throughout his narration of the messages.

On July 19, 2011, Mr Guerin said, “he” sent a text asking her how her study was going and she replied: “not great” and that she was under a lot of pressure and trying to get everything done at once. She felt she was not going to do well in her presentation and he said: “best of luck.”

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 “Thanks, Sir, need it,” she replied. “Sorry can’t give you play now.”

Later he texted her saying: “I really need to m********e, can you text me something I can read to turn me on ASAP. Rape and stabbing.”

She texted back about “sitting alone in the library” with nobody else around. She said she packs up her things and walks out into the cold night.

She told how she walks into the park when somebody grabs her and pulls her into bushes. He grabs her by the neck and gets on top of her with a knife, she said in the text.

She continued to describe her trousers being opened with the knife and “I can’t scream” because his hand is stopping her. She said he tells her “Don’t even think about screaming” before raping her.

“He sticks me with the knife,” she texted.

Later, she texted the 083 number, saying: “That’s it. Hope it’s OK? Did it help?”

“Excellent thanks,” he replied.

“Welcome. Really happy that helps Sir,” she texted back. “Does that mean I get away from being punished?”

“No,” he replied, to which she responded: “Didn’t think so.”

She later texted him saying she was bored of studying and kept dreaming of chains and being whipped.

“We can arrange that for tomorrow evening,” he replied.

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On July 25, she texted “Bad news, I failed my presentation,” saying she had to do it again.

On July 26, he said: “OK, do your best.”

On July 28, she told him she got 72pc and “thank God that is all until September.”

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 “Well done,” he said, before texting later: “Are you prepared for your punishment?”

“Not really, haven’t thought about it,” she responded.

“Maybe I will surprise you, we should do it ASAP, or your can avoid it by finding me a victim.”

“Sir, that is not going to happen soon, victims are hard to find,” she said.

“Just giving you a way out,” he replied.

He later texted that she had a “choice of punishment”; in one, “I will leave deep stab wounds” and the other involved strangulation, leaving marks on her neck.

Both involved bondage and rape, he texted.

“I don’t like any of those options,” she texted. “Why so severe?”

“You are not supposed to like them, choose or it’s both,” he replied. “It is severe in the hope that you will learn your lesson and that you hope next stabbing is someone else.”

She then told him that she could not have marks on her neck so “I suppose it has to be the other. I always hope the next stabbing is someone else.”

On July 29 he told her: “I want you to boil my silver folding knife, your black folding knife and the smallest one in the kill bag for tomorrow and make sure they are out for me when you assume the position.”

She asked if they would not get rusty if she boiled them.

“Boil them for three minutes then dry them with your blow dryer,” he replied.

“You can die from blood loss but not an infection,” he said.

“Sir, is it going to be real bad, Sir,” she texted.

    “I’m scared, Sir, Please don’t let me die, Please don’t kill me, please. Sir, I don’t want you to stab me any more, I can’t take it, I just can’t. I’m scared you are going to kill me, I don’t want to die.”

“You won’t die, night night,” he replied.

The next night, July 30, he texts: “assume position” and the next night asks her to sent him “pictures of wounds”.

“Yes Sir,” she replies, later adding: “I’m sorry Sir, I will miss you.

“Sir, I always tried my best. I know I made you mad a lot but that wasn’t my intention.”


On August 2 she asks if he got the photos. “Yes thanks,” he replies.

“Sorry to lose you but will take you up on offers of play and murder.

“I will miss you Sir,” she texts later, adding that if she is ever going to find anyone to give her kids she needs to be free of stabs.

“Unless want you give me a child Sir?” she asks.

“Didn’t think so?,” she texts 15 minutes later.

“I would but I won’t around to raise or support it,” he replies.

The tells him that she really wants a kid, despite him “giving out all the time about the one in Donegal” and that the man is just a means to an end.

“I’ll give you a child if you want but they can’t ever know who I am,” he texts.

 They discuss when she might get pregnant and how she’d fit a baby in with work and college.

“OK a life for a life,” he texted.

“Help me take one and ill give u one.”

“OK, you set it up,” she replies.


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