Murder accused to apply for bail

A father-of-two charged with the murder of childcare assistant Elaine O’Hara is due to apply for bail in the coming weeks.

Successful architect Graham Dwyer, originally from Cork, appeared in court yesterday where an application was made to adjourn his case for another four weeks.

The 41-year-old married man was charged last week with the murder of Ms O’Hara, aged 36, who disappeared over a year ago.

Childcare worker Ms O’Hara, 37, from Killiney, in Dublin, who had a part-time job in a newsagent’s, was last seen at around 6.15pm on Aug 22, 2012, near Shanganagh cemetery in south Dublin, where her mother is buried.

Her remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on Sep 13 this year on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham. A bag containing several items belonging to her were found near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, at different times in the days before and after the discovery of her body.

The prosecuting garda, Detective Sergeant Peter Woods of Blackrock Garda Station, told the court last week that when he asked the accused if he wished to reply to the charge, he replied: “I do. Not guilty.”

However, no formal plea has been entered yet.

With an address at Kerrymount Close in upmarket Foxrock, Co Dublin, Mr Dwyer was reared in Cork and was schooled at Hamilton High School, Bandon.

Judge Gráinne Malone asked Mr Dwyer’s solicitor, Jonathan Dunphy, had he applied to the High Court for bail yet. The District Court cannot grant bail in murder cases. Mr Dunphy said he had not, but that he intended to next week or possibly the week after.

Judge Malone said she was examining the statement of means of the accused, which formed part of his application for legal aid. She said she wanted some time to consider the application.

“I’m certainly not refusing it. I want to consider it, and if it is granted it will be backdated to his first day in court,” said the judge.

Det Sgt Woods told the court last week he had no objection to the application.

Mr Dunphy also made an application for a “Section 56” order to secure copies of the tapes of interviews with his client as well as custody records. Judge Malone said this didn’t require an order from the court and the State solicitor had no objection to the application.

Addressing the accused, Judge Malone said she was adjourning the case and remanding him in custody until Nov 20.

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