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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Graham Dwyer trial: Elaine’s profile on sex site had over 10k views

‘I’m really lonely and can’t talk to anyone’ – court hears diary excerpts as trial told of 25 online friends

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

ELAINE O’Hara’s profile on a fetish website was viewed nearly 10,000 times at one point, while she had 25 “friends” and had blocked or de-friended others, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The records on www.Alt.com were retrieved from one of her computers by gardai investigating her disappearance and death.

The jury in the Graham Dwyer trial was also told of two “diary” entries on the computer from 2010 in which Ms O’Hara spoke of her loneliness and the urge to cut herself.

The jury heard this as Detective Garda Brid Wallace of the Computer Crime unit was cross-examined today by Remy Farrell SC, for the defence.

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

Ms O’Hara, a childcare assistant from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.

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.

Det Gda Wallace was cross-examined about data retrieved from a blue HP notebook computer. She agreed with Mr Farrell that there were several headshot photographs of people Ms O’Hara had contact with on Alt.com.

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She also isolated maps that had been downloaded from Google Maps of areas in the Dublin mountains, including Cruagh and Killakee Woods.

She had been unable to determine when they had been downloaded as they had no date and time stamp.

She agreed with Mr Farrell that a map of Stackstown Golf Club was last accessed on November 20, 2010 and this related to a “similar area”.

The court heard Det Gda Wallace rebuilt pages from Alt.com and was able to see that Ms O’Hara had viewed the profile of someone called masturbate4menow, who was a 38-year-old man from somewhere in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

She also came across evidence of a user called kinkycasper4, who was blocked by Ms O’Hara after initial contact. Another blocked profile was daddy99995.

The court then heard of usernames associated with men she had met and who previously gave evidence. Det Gda Wallace came across a group that Ms O’Hara had joined called “degradedc***house” on which Ms O’Hara’s profile was viewed 766 views and 11 “hotlists”.

She had 25 friends on the network, Det Gda Wallace agreed, and at some point after a date in 2010, her profile on another page had 9,624 views

Reading from the “dear diary-type entries”, found on an accessible part of the hard drive, Mr Farrell said the first, on November 12, 2010 began: “Dear Diary, I’m just after doing a day’s work and I’m knackered.”

She stated: “I want to cry and I don’t know why”, adding that she is “p***ed off and angry” because she is lonely.

“I’m really lonely, I can’t talk to anyone because they will say it’s my fault and I haven’t done enough,” the entry stated.

She said she “watched everything” and saw the way other people interacted and acknowledged that “you need to practice” and if you observe “practice makes perfect”.

“I just seem to put my foot in it all the time,” she said. She added she felt the need to cut and wanted the urge to go away. “I want to cut and my mouth waters at the thought of a cigarette, and the smell, I just want it to go.”

In the second, on November 13, 2010, she began: “Dear Diary, Oh my God, I am angry and tired.”

She went on to say she was upset about everything that was going on in her head and “I just don’t know where I am anymore”.

“It’s not only in my head, it’s everywhere – emotions, etc,” Mr Farrell read from the diary.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.

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