Businessman accused of O'Hara murder granted legal aid

The man accused of murdering Elaine O'Hara has today been granted legal aid.

Businessman accused of O'Hara murder granted legal aid

The man accused of murdering Elaine O'Hara has today been granted legal aid.

The decision was made after the financial affairs of Graham Dwyer (aged 41), a director at a high-profile architectural firm in central Dublin, were revealed in court today.

Dwyer, who is originally from Cork, but has an address at address at Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin 18, is accused of the murder of Ms O'Hara (aged 37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.

He appeared before Cloverhill District Court this morning via video link but was brought into the courtroom itself just after lunch.

An application for legal aid was made before Judge Gráinne Malone today and a statement of means was made available to her.

It outlined how the married father-of-two no longer earns a salary and has no assets to pay his legal costs.

His lawyer outlined how there were ongoing family and work-related issues being discussed behind closed doors and he described how Mr Dwyer's Foxrock home is in negative equity and how he is well behind in his mortgage payments.

Taking all this into consideration, Judge Malone granted legal aid, which means the taxpayer will pay for his legal costs.

Earlier today the court heard how gardaí are almost ready to send a file on Ms O'Hara's murder to the DPP and Mr Dwyer has been remanded in custody to appear in court again next month.

Childcare worker Ms O’Hara (aged 37), from Killiney, in Dublin, who also had a part-time job in a newsagents, was last seen at around 6.15pm on August 22, 2012 last year, near Shanganagh cemetery in south Dublin, where her mother is buried.

Her remains were found in undergrowth by a woman walking her dog on September 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.

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