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Murder trial 'not for squeamish'

Jurors in the trial of an architect accused of murdering a childcare worker have been warned that the case will be difficult for anyone who is squeamish.

Graham Dwyer, 42, with an address in Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, south Dublin, is accused of murdering Elaine O'Hara, 37, at Killakee, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, on August 22 2012.

Dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and blue tie, the accused pleaded not guilty at the start of the case at Dublin's Central Criminal Court.

Swearing in a jury, judge Paul Carney cautioned anyone who was squeamish to tell the court.

"This case will be difficult for anyone who is particularly squeamish," he said.

"It is important to hold the jury together for the time it will take.

"Anyone who is particularly squeamish should indicate so."

Judge Carney also ordered anyone who used or had any connection to a website, named in court, not to serve on the panel.

Furthermore, anyone with links to a number of addresses was asked to stand down.

These included the defendant's Foxrock address, Ms O'Hara's address at the time of her death, Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside, as well as her former workplaces, Ken's Newsagents in Blackrock, south Dublin, and St John's School, Ballybrack.

Anyone with connections to her former addresses at Blackrock and Killiney in south Dublin was also asked not to serve, along with anyone connected to St Edmundsbury Hospital in Lucan, where Ms O'Hara was attending.

Judge Carney said the trial was expected to take between six and eight weeks.

Five women and seven men were sworn in with evidence in the trial to begin tomorrow.

Ms O'Hara was last seen on August 22, near Shanganagh cemetery, Shankill, south Dublin, where her mother is buried.

Her remains were discovered on Killakee Mountain on September 13 2013.

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