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Prostitute, estate agent and homeless woman - list of 'victims' in text messages linked to Graham Dwyer

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

GRAHAM Dwyer allegedly suggested strangling and burying an Asian mother-of-two who was a neighbour of Elaine O'Hara, as one of a number of potential "victims", the Central Criminal Court has heard.

In a series of text messages, he also allegedly discussed killing, raping or stabbing a prostitute, a homeless woman, an estate agent, women walking in the woods, "a rich woman" and Ms O'Hara's sister.

The texts retrieved by gardai had been sent to Ms O'Hara's mobile in 2011 from a phone the prosecution maintains was used by Mr Dwyer.

The user of that phone also suggested four ways of killing Ms O'Hara: handcuffed, hanging in the bedroom; stabbed in the woods with her clothes left in her car near the sea; wrists slit in the bath; or a stabbing and "fake robbery".

Ms O'Hara stated in a text she was "too young to die."

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.

This morning, prosecutor Sean Guerin SC continued to read out some of the thousands of messages between Ms O'Hara's iPhone 086 3311207 and the number 083 1103474.

This was the number of a pre-paid phone which the prosecution claims was being used by Mr Dwyer.

The users of the two phones were referred to throughout by Mr Guerin as "he" and "she".

The jury heard the user of the 083 phone had begun texting Ms O'Hara telling her she had to help him find a "victim" when she would not let him stab her anymore.

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She told him he could kill her sister, but later insisted she was "messing" and did not mean it.

On April 27, Mr Guerin said, "he" texted how he wouldn't know about a stabbing "for a few months".

"As soon as we have the perfect plan," he texted. "Will you be able to handle all the blood?"

"I don't know Sir," she replied, and he suggested she help with a plan, but he does it alone.

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"Going to hit her over head with hammer so knife doesn't hurt and she doesn't scream," he said.

He stated how the woman's heart would be thumping to give a full effect.

"I could be chained there watching," she replied.

He texted that they would have to pass the woman on a remote path, hit her over the head and drag her in to the wood, where he could undress so he would not get blood on his clothes.

On May 7, she texted that she was "quite down".

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"Unfortunately, I am not suicidal, I hope to overcome this by not going into hospital," she said.

"I have everything ready if it all becomes too much," he said. "Just think, all your worries gone. I could fit you in Thursday."

She went on to tell him on May 10 that she wanted to "sleep all the time".

"I can put you to sleep," he replied. "I know you want it, 30 seconds to slip into oblivion," he responded.

"Please. I have to think and decide. Please stop," she said.

The court heard earlier, on April 25, he had texted Ms O'Hara saying: "I found a dead sheep yesterday. Might go back after dark and see how it feels to sink a knife in to it."

READ MORE: Messages read to court

On May 24, he told her: "I was laying low and leaving phone off in case stabbing was investigated… animals have picked the carcass clean. Yay."

"I want to do a woman next. It was a fantastic feeling, the knife going in and watching blood spurt out. So happy. X"

In another text, he said: "Woman next, stabbed to death."

Later: "I am thinking of visiting a prostitute to see how easy it might be to kill her. What do you think?"

"Don't be jealous of me with prostitute, especially if she is going to die."

Ms O'Hara continued to say that she does not want to be stabbed anymore and he texted her: "Let's concentrate on letting me stab some b***h to death."

He then told Ms O'Hara that he needed her to do several things.

One: encouragement, to stop her getting stabbed. Two: think of places; Three: work on details; Four: prepare to take part herself - "I might enjoy holding her down" and watch while Ms O'Hara stabbed her, his text continued.

Five: he wanted Ms O'Hara to look for outdoor locations like parks and grave yards, and inside locations, like a prostitute's apartment.

"Start looking up myhome.ie," he texted her, telling her to look for remote houses in the mountains that need renovation and have a female auctioneer.

On June the 7, he texted that he "found an empty place in Bray" and identified a named woman as the auctioneer.

"Find similar," he said.

"Looking forward to seeing your research on finding me a victim," he texted on June 14.

Another text stated: "I want to stick my knife in flesh while sexually aroused and see pain. Blood turns me on and I would like to stab a girl to death sometime. Help me satisfy my stabbing fetish. Find me someone or offer your own flesh."

"To kill, Sir, or just stab?" she asked.

"If it's you, just stab unless you want to die. If it's a stranger she has to die so she can't identify me," he replied.

He spoke in another text of luring a woman back to Ms O'Hara's place, knocking her out, stripping her, tying her up, gagging her and "laying out my knives."

"I'm having lots of thoughts about killing you," he also texted.


The first was to handcuff her, hang her in the bedroom and remove the cuffs so it "looks like suicide".

His second idea was to go to the woods where he would stab and bury her, leaving her clothes by the sea so it looked like she drowned.

The third is like the first, but he would "slit your wrist before removing cuffs," he says.

His fourth idea was a stabbing and fake robbery in her workplace car park.

"With your consent I prefer second one. You write a suicide note and I'll make sure you're unconscious," he said.

Ms O'Hara texted that she was too young to die and wanted to die naturally.

"I can do it anytime I want Slave," he responded.

"I always dream of just going to sleep and never waking up," she texted, saying when she was down that was the way she wanted to go.

"I don't want to die with stab wounds... It will hurt my family... I want them to find my body Sir, that's important to me Sir."

He enquired about an Asian woman who lived a floor below her who he met in the lift. "Maybe strangle her," he suggested, and dragging her to Ms O'Hara's room for rape, before burying her in a wood.

"She has two kids," she replied.

He asked about killing a homeless woman, like one in the Phoenix Park.

The trial continues.

hnews@ herald.ie

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