O’Hara murder accused denied bail

An architect father-of-two charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara has today been refused bail.

Graham Dwyer (aged 41) of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, in south Dublin, is accused of killing Ms O’Hara at an unknown place somewhere in Co Dublin on August 22 last year.

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

The accused, dressed in a black turtleneck sweater, black trousers and shoes, sat as his barrister applied for bail for the High Court at Cloverhill courthouse.

He smiled at relatives and made the ’W’ sign with his hands and pointed at his jumper as he entered the courtroom.

Mr Justice Paul Butler denied bail after Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O’Sullivan objected on behalf of the State.

The court imposed restrictions on the reporting of the proceedings, which lasted an hour.

Mr Dwyer bowed his head, nodding it from side to side as bail was refused, briefly glancing up at relatives.

His barrister had told the court an independent surety of €25,000 had been offered, and that he would be willing to stay at an address in Bandon, Co Cork.

Ms O’Hara (aged 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.

Mr Dwyer, who is married, is a director at a high-profile architectural firm in central Dublin.

He has been on remand at Cloverhill Prison since he was charged with murder on October 18.

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