Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Architect denies O'Hara murder

A 41-year-old man has been remanded in custody over the killing of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara

An architect father of two has denied murdering a childcare worker whose remains were found in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Graham Dwyer, 41, of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, in south Dublin, was charged today with killing Elaine O'Hara.

Partial remains of her body were uncovered by a dog on a walk with its owner in Killakee, near Rathfarnham, on September 13.

Mr Dwyer, who is married and is a director at a high-profile architectural firm in central Dublin, was brought before Dun Laoghaire District Court after being charged at Blackrock Garda station at 7.47am.

Detective Sergeant Peter Woods told the court that when asked if he wanted to reply to the charge, the accused said: "Yes, I do. Not guilty."

The alleged murder happened at an unknown place somewhere in Co Dublin on August 22 last year, according to the charge sheet.

The accused, dressed in black turtleneck sweater, black trousers and shoes, stood in the courthouse flanked by two detectives during the brief hearing.

Judge Bridget Reilly agreed to remand the defendant in custody for a week, to appear at Cloverhill courthouse on October 25.

The accused's solicitor Jonathan Dunphy made an application for legal aid.

Det Sgt Woods said he was aware of Mr Dwyer's financial background and had no objections, but the judge said she would defer the matter.

Ms O'Hara, 37, vanished on August 22 last year after leaving her home in Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside.

She was later seen at a railway footbridge at Shankill, Co Dublin, near Shanganagh cemetery, where her mother is buried.

Ms O'Hara has been described by her family as a popular woman, but was understood to have been vulnerable and had been treated in hospital for depression.

She was also described as a trusted childcare assistant who worked in a newsagent's in Blackrock.

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