‘Must get fit for murder’ text on laptop, trial told

Message sent from number attributed to ‘Graham’ on calendar was backed up on O’Hara’s Apple laptop

‘Must get fit for murder’ text on laptop, trial told

A text message reading: ‘Must get fit for murder’ was found backed up onto Elaine O’Hara’s laptop, the Graham Dwyer trial was told.

The 20th day of the murder trial also heard the number sending the message was attributed to a person called ‘Graham’on her computer.

Mr Dwyer, 42, is charged with Ms O’Hara’s murder at Killakee, Rathfarnham, on August 22, 2012, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital. The Cork-born father-of-three of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin, pleads not guilty to murdering the 36-year-old childcare worker.

The jury in the Central Criminal Court trial heard evidence yesterday from computer crime experts, who examined Ms O’Hara’s Apple Mac with which an iPhone had been synced.

Det Garda Bríd Wallace of the Computer Crime Unit carried out the first step of the process to extract text messages backed up onto the laptop. She also identified an 083 number in Ms O’Hara’s calendar while examining a forensic copy of the hard drive. A screen shot of the calendar from June 2011 read: “Graham’s phone number 083 1103474.”

Det Sgt Alan Browne testified he used PhotoRec software to extract 14 files containing hundreds of SMS messages.

The jury was then shown screen shots of the work he carried out to change information into a ‘human, readable format’. The screen shots included two texts sent to the iPhone from a number, 083 1103474.

“Good, looking forward to getting new bike tomorrow to try and lose weight,” read one message. “Must get fit for the murder.” Another from that 083 number read: “Terrible. 15% pay cut and came 5th in flying.”

Det Sgt Browne explained the date on the screen was the number of seconds from January 1, 1970. “So that’s probably 2011 or 2012,” he said. However, the jury was told that it would be supplied with the exact date and the content of all the ages later in the trial. The witness then moved onto some text messages for which he had exact dates. The first was received from the same 083 number on March 31, 2011.

It read: “Yes, beautiful baby girl [name of child]. Glad you enjoyed the other night. Many more sessions like it to come. See u sometime over the weekend.”

The next message read out had been sent to the 083 number. It read: “Sir, any chance you can get an 086 phone sim? I get free texts.”

Next shown was a message sent to the backed-up iPhone from the 083 number on November 15, 2011. It read: “No problem. Away in Poland tomorrow so see u Sunday.”

An employee of the O2 store on Grafton St testified he sold two Nokia phones to one person on November 30, 2011. Paul Healy identified the sales receipt for a prepay purchase . It was also shown on screen. Written in the section for customer name were the words: “Mr Asked — Not given.”

Mr Healy explained that, at the time, a customer did not have to supply details when making a prepay purchase. This has changed now, he said. He explained each phone would have come with a number but there was room for only one number on the receipt. This was 086 1759151. He also gave the serial numbers for both phones, which were bought along with two pre-pay sim starter packs. The cost was €69.98 and was paid in cash, he said.

The trial continues.

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