Tuesday 12 December 2017

Graham Dwyer trial told of photoshopped of US woman

Darci Day

A JUDGE cleared the Central Criminal Court again today as the jury in the Graham Dwyer murder trial was read another graphic account of sexual violence found on a hard drive at his home.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt cleared the public from the court while the description of the rape of a woman was recounted by Sean Guerin SC, for the prosecution.

Judge Hunt warned the jurors that there would be more material of “a difficult nature”.

In the story, “Jenny’s first rape,” a man tells how he abducts a woman at knifepoint from a bookshop and takes her to a hotel room where he rapes her.

Also on the hard drive were eight movie files and all the file names included the word stabbing – these were modified either in 2007 or 2005, the court heard.

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Elsewhere there were two videos with a woman’s name, which Mr Guerin did not name in court. One was called ‘architect72_raping_(woman).avi”.

Another short video about 18 seconds long “shows a woman on a bed and for the last eight to nine seconds of the video the left hand of an unseen person appears in the video holding a knife”, Mr Guerin said.

Detective Garda Brid Wallace of the Computer Crime Unit said images from other sources, including a picture of intestines, had been superimposed on the final image.

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.

Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

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The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.

Detective Garda Wallace told Mr Guerin “Jenny’s first rape” was found on a hard drive seized at the accused’s home.

In it the author said it was his first time in Newcastle and he had gone to see some of the sights including the Angel of the North, and to visit some architectural developments to get ideas for new buildings.

He was also hoping to “feed his lust”, the story continued.

“Nobody would suspect what was going on in my mind – rape”, Mr Guerin read from the story.

He said he had packed his overnight bag with the “usual things”, including chloroform, rope and “of course, my hunting knife”.

He spoke of the difficulty “getting a knife through customs since those pretty young air hostesses had their throats slit open on 9/11”.

Looking for “potential victims”, he went to the top floor of a book shop where he said he saw a woman who was “engrossed” in a book in the erotic fiction section. The book she was holding was by the Marquis de Sade, the story continued.

“I knew this girl was going to be my next victim,” the author said.

He said she did not notice his presence.

“The coast was clear – I noticed there were no security cameras in this particular area… sweet.”

The story said that after the woman “dropped her book and squealed,” he held his knife up to her and the story told how he brought her outside and to his hotel where he dragged her into his room.

“I gently undresed her, revealing her sexy black underwear and her hot body… Jesus she was so sexy,” the story continued.

The story went on to describe raping her with a rope around her throat, saying he “brought my knife under her throat” and said “you make a sound or try to escape and I’ll cut your f***ing throat right now and ride your corpse”.

Darci Day

Darci Day

He said he cut off her bra with his hunting knife “savouring her terror”.

A Photoshopped image was also found on a hard drive in Graham Dwyer’s home apparently depicting a woman he had contacted online with a cut throat and intenstines protruding, the court heard.

The image was that of Darci Day, an American woman he contacted in 2011 and who had given evidence in his trial earlier this week. It was in the same folder as the “killing darci” document which had been read to the court yesterday.

This was an image of a blonde female who appeared to be dead, naked to the waist, with multiple stab wounds and intestines visible.

Yesterday the court heard how gardai found a story on the hard drive at Graham Dwyer’s home in which the author writes about raping and stabbing a woman called Darci to death, the Central Criminal Court heard.

The document detailed how a man arranges for the woman to travel from the US to Ireland, where he brings her to a cabin and cuts her throat as he rapes her, then has sex with her mutilated corpse.

Det Gda Wallace told the court she examined a hard drive that was seized by gardai from the accused’s home in a search on October 17, 2013.

A folder entitled ‘4Darci.doc’ was found and inside this was a document entitled “Killing Darci”. The author described meeting a girl called Cassie which, the trial heard, was an online name used by a young American woman called Darci Day who testified on Tuesday about her contact with Mr Dwyer. It was created on March 2, 2011 and had a total editing time of 89 minutes.

The last modified user was called adwejchert.

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Reading from  the document, Mr Guerin said it began: “Months had gone by and soon the day would finally arrive. From the first email I knew this one was special. I had always fantasised about killing ever since I was a teenager and … every time I had a knife in my hand, wielding the power knowing that I could decide who lived and died, Just like my hero, God.

“Every time I made love …. I wondered what opening a throat would feel like,” the document continued.

“Every time I closed my eyes, I’m wondering how it would feel for a hard cold steel blade to push itself in. My addiction grew, just like any addiction, and soon I met girls who needed pain and suffering as much as I needed to give it.

“Bondage, rape, slashing and stabbing soon became my hobby and acquiring two fine subs over the years and having role play with others,” the document  continued. “I was the lucky one, I knew there were 100 men like me for every one of the girls I played with and I always managed to win them over.”


Graham Dwyer

The author went on to say the scenarios grew and grew and he “could not satisfy my bloodlust”.

He said around the time he considered crossing the line, one of his “subs” came to him and asked for the ultimate, to help her to die.

“Having been responsible for creating three lives, wasn’t I entitled to take just one?” the author asked.

He “considered someone suicidal or terminally ill or both”.

“Why not become a random murder victim, you get to die,  your family do not blame you, but blame me, you live free from the sin of taking your own life and I’m carrying the sin of killing you.”


The story then said: “When she first came into my life I knew her only as Cassie,” adding that she “ticked all the boxes”.

“Beautiful, young, smart and clear about what she wanted, and critically wanting to die the same way I wanted to kill, It was a rare marriage indeed. I was happy to give her this relief knowing the biggest relief was yet to come. She had enough for a bus to Boston and a ticket to Dublin.”

The author said he knew her departing would cause some pain to her family but would be a fraction of pain she carried around in her head.

“She came to me with only hand luggage and wearing the silver chain I had posted her. Soon this chain will be mine again when I removed it from her ruined throat,” the story stated.

“Just money and favourite clothes, special under garments that would soon be blood-soaked and in ribbons around her ankles.”

The story said she posted a suicide video and they “knew people would be wondering where she was” and starting to worry.

He was planning to take her clothes, case and laptop to a popular suicide spot and “her family might think she was somewhere across the Atlantic, think of her when they look out over coast of Maine.

“I carefully undressed and moved my clothes to a clean plastic bag,” the story continued. “She did not need to see the shovel.”

The last time they embraced, they “kissed passionately and made love, in contrast to the brutal rape she would soon endure.

“She turned her back to me when we finished and I put on my mask and gloves,” Mr Guerin continued to read.

“I tied her roughly on a mattress on the ground, which was lying on plastic. She knew this mattress would be her coffin.She knew he was watching and waiting to take her home to see her gran and her old dog.  Who wouldn’t want such a pretty angel by her side? She was lying on her back all beautiful and sexy, her arms laid out ... I raped her and my knuckles whitened as I tightened the grip around the knife in my left hand.

“She closed her eyes and I sank the knife deep in to her belly,” the story continued, adding that it left a “most beautiful perfect oval stab wound.”

The story stated that afterwards, he “slit her throat from ear to ear...reached in and pulled tongue through the slit. “Columbian neck tie”.

The author said he fell asleep on her body and when he awoke she was stiff and pale.   He said he washed her body lovingly and “she would have been proud of me.

“I gazed in to her lifeless eyes and gaping throat... all sexy and stabbed, her throat slit, life gone.

The story then spoke of wrapping the body in plastic.

“I drove a short distance to where I had prepared her grave where I would visit and ask for forgiveness for what I had done,” the story concluded.

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

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