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Monday 11 December 2017

Elaine's sister, hikers and a young mum on architect's 'hit list'

Elaine O'Hara's sister Ann Charles at Dublin Central Criminal Court
Elaine O'Hara's sister Ann Charles at Dublin Central Criminal Court

Elaine O'Hara's sister, two estate agents and a homeless woman were on a list of potential victims that Graham Dwyer wanted to torture and stab to death.

The rape, stabbing and killing of two of Ms O'Hara's neighbours, a prostitute or a random woman out hiking or jogging in a remote area were also mooted in a series of disturbing texts retrieved by experts.

The harrowing plans were discussed by the architect and Ms O'Hara in 2011 and 2012 after she was ordered to help him find a "victim".

aroused

"I want to stick my knife in flesh while sexually aroused and see pain. Blood turns me on and I would like to stab a girl to death some time. Help me satisfy my stabbing fetish. Find me someone or offer your own flesh," he wrote in one text.

"To kill, Sir, or just stab?" she asked.

"If it's you, just stab unless you want to die. If it's a stranger she has to die so she can't identify me," he replied.

In one sinister text Dwyer spoke of luring a woman back to Ms O'Hara's place before knocking her out, stripping her, tying her up, gagging her and "laying out my knives".

He also considered her Asian neighbour, who he met in the lift. "Maybe strangle her," he suggested, as well as raping the woman in Ms O'Hara's flat before burying her in a wood.

"She has two kids," Ms O'Hara replied. Also "too close to home" was a woman who lived next door to the childcare assistant.

"Would she make a good victim?" Dwyer asked, just a week before Ms O'Hara was murdered.

But most disturbing was when it emerged that Ms O'Hara had offered her own sister, Ann Charles, as a victim as they "never got on".

Ms Charles was not in the courtroom as texts revealed that Ms O'Hara had even given her sibling's age and address to Dwyer before later insisting she was "messing".

One woman on the list was just "unfortunate enough" to work opposite Dwyer's office, A&D Wejchert in Dublin's Baggot Street.

Rowena Quinn, a "young pretty auctioneer", was earmarked after he found out she was selling a property in Cabinteely.

"I think it will be okay," he replied to Ms O'Hara's concerns about getting caught in the residential area.

"Non-traceable phone. Fake names and off we go. Hammer her while her back is turned. Cover her head. Drag her into a back room. Gag, rape her. Stab her over and over. Stomach, chest, side, tits. Turn her over and stab her back and slit her throat. Then go back to yours and celebrate. Knock you up."

The more Ms O'Hara rejected Dwyer's lust for real knife play, the greater his need and desire for female flesh became.

undress

He suggested they target a "randomer" - a homeless woman or a woman hiking or jogging on a remote path - "hit her over the head and drag her into the woods" where he would undress so he would not get spurts of blood on his clothes.

"No one was ever caught for Raonaid Murray or the homeless woman in the Phoenix Park," Dwyer texted.

A graphic account entitled "Jenny's first rape" detailing how he would abduct a woman at knifepoint in a Newcastle bookshop and rape her in a hotel room was found on a hard drive in Dwyer's home.

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