Thursday 14 December 2017

Graham Dwyer Trial: Judge tells jury to 'take a break from the case' as prosecution ends after seven weeks of evidence

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

The prosecution’s case in the trial of Graham Dwyer has closed after seven weeks of evidence.

The jury in the Central Criminal Court was told to “put the case completely to one side” before the return to the court next Wednesday when the defence will present its evidence.

Mr Dwyer (42), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, denies murdering Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22, 2012, in Killakee Woods in the Dublin mountains.

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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.

“That is the evidence for the prosecution,” said Sean Guerin SC, for the State, after the witness number 194 - Detective Garda Darren Kerins – gave evidence about several journeys he was asked to travel and time.

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These included Mr Dwyer’s workplace on Baggot Street, Dublin, to Quinn’s Road Park in Shankill; from Killakee mountain to MrDwyer’s home at Kerrymount Close; the same journey via Roundwood reservoir; and from Carrickmines to Kilakee Mountains.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt then addressed the jury, saying: “that concludes the prosecution’s evidence.”

“Everybody has to stand back and take a look at it as a live case as opposed to a case on paper,” Mr Justice Hunt said.

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He told the jurors there may be legal discussions at this point and with all that in mind he asked them to return next Wednesday.

He asked the jury to “take a break from the case” and it was “important to put it aside.”

“You may not have heard all the evidence in this case,” he said.

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He also told them not to discuss the case with anyone outside the jury and to avoid media coverage.

“The only opinions that are important are your opinions.”

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