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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dwyer ruled out of Raonaid probe by murder detectives

TWISTED killer Graham Dwyer became "a person of interest" in the 1999 unsolved murder of the Dublin schoolgirl Raonaid Murray but was later ruled out as a suspect in the case.

The investigation team that helped snare Dwyer for Elaine's murder also include a number of senior detectives who have been involved in the lengthy Raonaid investigation.

After looking at the possibility that Dwyer stabbed the 17-year-old teen to death, however, officers are satisfied that he has no case to answer.

"It was looked at, it of course had to be. It was examined in a very thorough fashion last year and the conclusion is that Dwyer was not involved in that murder," a senior source said.

STABBED

Raonaid's body was found by her sister just yards from the family home at Silchester Park in Glenageary, Co Dublin, on September 4, 1999. She had been stabbed repeatedly in the abdomen, shoulder and arm.

Weeks before he murdered Elaine O'Hara, he referenced the murder of Raonaid in a text message to her stating that "no one was ever caught" for it when Ms O' Hara warned him that he could be caught if he carried out his sick plan to murder a random woman.

Despite not being in the frame for this crime, detectives are expected to carry out "a root and branch" investigation of Dwyer's activities and movements since he was in his teenage years.

"He is not a current suspect in any other murders or attacks over the years but analysis will be carried out in relation to known attacks on women in areas where he lived, a senior source added.

What can't be doubted is that Dwyer was fascinated and was very much aware of stabbing cases involving women in Ireland and in his contact with Ms O' Hara, he referenced two cases.

One of these was a text message he sent about the stabbing of north Dublin solicitor Violet Quigley, the day after Ms Quigley was almost murdered in a frenzied knife attack on April 7, 2011 at her Donaghmede home.

On April 8, Dwyer sent the following text to Ms O'Hara: "Woman stabbed last night in Dublin. Guy got away clean."

He later texted that it was a "big mistake leaving a witness. Must have been a fantastic feeling for him".

Ms Quigley was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds to her legs, stomach, arms and head and she was left in a critical condition and was on a life support and needed 25 pints of blood in transfusions.

Dwyer also referenced the gruesome murder of Romanian woman Eugenia Bratis (inset)who was butchered in the Phoenix Park in August 5, 2009.

Dwyer told Ms O' Hara in a text that no-one had ever been caught for this murder when she voiced concerns about forensics linking him to the murder of a random woman.

The body of Ms Bratis, a mother of two, was found at a wooded area and she died from multiple stab wounds.

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