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Graham Dwyer Trial: Seventh man tells court of his contact with Elaine O'Hara through 'alternative' website

Man said he never met Elaine O'Hara but his number stored on her phone, court told

A SEVENTH man has told the Graham Dwyer murder trial that he was in contact with Elaine O’Hara through a website for alternative sexual tastes.

Kevin Mullins said he never met or knew Ms O’Hara but his phone number had been stored in her mobile phone contacts list.

He also said he was “almost certainly working” on August 22, 2012 - the day Ms O'Hara went missing.

He was giving evidence in the trial of Mr Dwyer at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

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.

Read more here: Jury shown DVD clips of Dwyer flying model planes 

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 the accused killed Ms O'Hara for his own sexual gratification.

Mr Mullins was led through his evidence by Sean Guerin SC, for the prosecution. He agreed that he became involved in the investigation when gardai contacted him because his number was in Ms O’Hara’s phone contact list.

“The only way you could explain or understand that fact was because you were a registered user of the site, alt.com,” Mr Guerin said.

“That is correct, yes,” Mr Mullins said.

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He said he was not sure when he had used the site but believed it was the end of 2010 or early 2011.

He had found the site while browsing on the internet.

“I didn’t know her at the time, I never met her,” he said of Ms O’Hara.

Mr Mullins told Mr Guerin he recalled conversing with three to four people online and exchanging numbers with a couple of them. He concluded that Ms O’Hara was one of those only because his number was on her phone.

Mr Guerin asked if it was correct that Mr Mullins was shown photographs of her by the gardai and saw pictures in newspapers but did not recognise her.

“I didn’t know her,” he said.

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He was also asked about the username Chained Brunette by gardai, but this meant nothing to him either.

In cross-examination, defence barrister Ronan Kennedy asked Mr Mullins about his usernames.

The court heard one name was “Young and fit for it”, and Mr Mullins added that he was a member of other websites simultaneously.

Mr Kennedy put it to him that he had been in a position to describe to gardai a profile picture of a girl who was naked with her face to the ground, her hands behind her back and her face turned away from the camera.

“I recall that image,” he said.

Mr Kennedy said Mr Mullins had been specifically asked about the date of August 22, 2012 and he had said it was difficult to remember but he was almost certainly working that day.

“I know it’s a busy time for work and I don’t take my holidays until September,” Mr Mullins replied.

Separately, Mr Dwyer’s employer, Paddy Fletcher, told the court he was in the workplace when gardai found two knives on the premises on February 17, 2014.

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Mr Fletcher, joint MD at A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects on Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, agreed he was called by detectives after Mr Dwyer had sketched them a map showing exactly where the Buck hunting knife and a flick knife where – in A4 storage files in the basement of the premises.

He told Mr Guerin he had been contacted “many times” by Det Sgt Kevin Duggan and could not remember the exact date, but believed the prosecutor was “alluding to” a knife being found in the area where “live or semi-live” files are kept.

When questioned about an event he attended with Mr Dwyer in the Polish Embassy on March 21, 2013, Mr Fletcher told the court several times he could not remember exact dates.

“I am supposed to tell the truth. I don’t remember,” he said to Mr Guerin.

The court heard a presentation was made by Mr Dwyer that evening in the embassy between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer’s expertise in the firm was generating three-dimensional images of buildings and designs and he agreed he had been project manager of an extension to a sports hall at Carlow IT, where minutes recorded Mr Dwyer at a site meeting on June 15, 2011.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer was a director at the firm, where the normal working day was from 8.30am to 4.45pm, but he did not have access to his diary.

Mr Dwyer had also attended a hearing in An Bord Pleanala on his behalf in the first week of July 2012, but the architect had not worked on a project in Galway for the firm, he confirmed.

Under cross examination Mr Fletcher said while he knew Mr Dwyer was from Cork, married with two children, had a third child from a previous relationship, and had an interest in cars and model aeroplanes, he could not be drawn on questions about financial difficulties.

“I believe so, but I didn’t know anything about it,” he told Ronan Kennedy, Mr Dwyer’s barrister.

Mr Dwyer’s employer, Paddy Fletcher, told the court he was in the workplace when gardai found two knives on the premises on February 17, 2014.

Mr Fletcher, joint MD at A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects on Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, agreed he was called by detectives after Mr Dwyer had sketched them a map showing exactly where the Buck hunting knife and a flick knife where – in A4 storage files in the basement of the premises.

He told Mr Guerin he had been contacted “many times” by Det Sgt Kevin Duggan and could not remember the exact date, but believed the prosecutor was “eluding to” a knife being found in the area where “live or semi-live” files are kept.

When questioned about an event he attended with Mr Dwyer in the Polish Embassy on March 21, 2013, Mr Fletcher told the court several times he could not remember exact dates.

“I am supposed to tell the truth? I don’t remember,” he said to Mr Guerin.

The court heard a presentation was made by Mr Dwyer that evening in the embassy between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer’s expertise in the firm was generating 3three dimensional images of buildings and designs and he agreed he had been project manager of an extension to a sports hall at Carlow IT, where minutes recorded Mr Dwyer at a site meeting on June 15, 2011.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Dwyer was a director at the firm, where the normal working day was from 8.30am to 4.45pm, but he did not have access to his diary.

Mr Dwyer had also attended a hearing in An Bord Pleanala on his behalf in the first week of July 2012, but the architect had not worked on a project in Galway for the firm, he confirmed.

Under cross examination Mr Fletcher said while he knew Mr Dwyer was from Cork, married with two children, had a third child from a previous relationship, and had an interest in cars and model aeroplanes, he could not be drawn on questions about financial difficulties.

“I believe so, but I didn’t know anything about it,” he told Ronan Kennedy, Mr Dwyer’s barrister.

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

Yesterday, six men told the jury that they were in contact with Ms O'Hara through adult members' websites, with two saying they had sexual relations with her.

The six were all members of sites catering for people interested in alternative sexual lifestyles, and four never met Ms O'Hara in person.

However, one of the two men who had sexual relations with Ms O'Hara said her interests were more "extreme."

The jury also heard in her profile posted on the "alt.com" website, Ms O'Hara said her ideal person was someone who could "train her to be the best submissive slave she could be."

Ms O'Hara also said she would "love a 24/7 relations" but had "no expectations."

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