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Thursday 26 April 2018

Elaine suspect 'has no salary and is in mortgage arrears'

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

AN ARCHITECT accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara has been granted free legal aid after a court heard he no longer has a salary.

Dad-of-two Graham Dwyer (41) is also in mortgage arrears and negative equity on his Foxrock home.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy told Cloverhill District Court he did not propose going through the legal aid statement or calling his client to give evidence about his finances.

He explained there were details in a statement concerning possible family law and employment law matters, involving other parties which were not legally represented.

Judge Grainne Malone granted the aid application, backdating it to Dwyer's first court appearance.

She further remanded Dwyer in custody to December 18 for DPP direction.

Earlier, a detective outlined the extent of the Garda investigation into Ms O'Hara's alleged murder, revealing the investigation file contains 441 lines of enquiry, 336 statements, 349 reports and 814 exhibits.

Det Sergeant Peter Woods said the inquiry is at an advanced stage and he expects the file will be ready for the DPP in the next fortnight. Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close, is charged with murdering Ms O'Hara on August 22 last year. Earlier this month Dwyer, who is originally from Cork, was denied bail at the High Court.

The accused appeared before Cloverhill court yesterday via videolink from Cloverhill Prison but was later brought to court for the legal aid application.

 

Tracksuit

Wearing a grey tracksuit and black polo T-shirt when he appeared via videolink, Dwyer had changed into a black polo neck and black trousers when he was brought before the court.

He spoke only to confirm the contents of a legal aid statement and that he wished Mr Dunphy to represent him.

Mr Dunphy told the court that Dwyer had filled out a new legal aid statement as his circumstances have altered since he went into custody.

Mr Dunphy said Dwyer, an architect, is no longer on a salary.

He also said there is a mortgage on the defendant's home which was in arrears prior to the accused being charged.

Mr Dunphy further said Dwyer's home is in negative equity and he has no further assets to assist him in paying his legal fees.

Judge Malone said that she believed it was appropriate to grant free legal aid.

Childcare worker Ms O'Hara (37), who also had a part-time job in a newsagents, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22 last year, near Shanganagh cemetery in south Dublin.

It is the cemetery where her mother is buried.

Her skeletal remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on September 13 on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham.

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