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Graham Dwyer Trial: Defence case closes

CourtsBy Kevin Palmer
Dwyer's defence lawyers close their case
Dwyer's defence lawyers close their case

Graham Dwyer's defence lawyers have closed their case at Dublin's Central Criminal Court after three final witnesses offered quick fire submissions on Wednesday morning.

Mr Dwyer (42), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Dublin's Foxrock, is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012, but he has pleaded not guilty.

Ms O’Hara was last seen around Shanganagh graveyard at approximately 5.45pm on August 22nd, 2012. Her remains were found in forestry on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, on September 13th, 2013.

Evidence was heard from landowners Richard O’Connor and John Donohue in court on Wednesday, while Mary Crosbie told the jury she was in the cemetery visiting her own mother’s grave when she saw a woman with “mousy brown hair” and casual clothes weeping on the ground on the day Ms O'Hara disappeared.

She said there were very few people in the cemetery and as she walked back toward the car park she thought she heard somebody crying.

“I saw a woman facing down on the grass, it wasn’t exactly on the grave, it was at the edge of the graves and she appeared to be very very upset, she was crying very loud,” Ms Crosbie said.

She saw the woman from behind and was not able to describe her because the woman’s face was “down in her arms”.

Her evidence brought to a close the case for the defence, with the jury in the trial excused until tomorrow, when prosecution and defence will start to deliver their closing arguments.

The trial is now in its ninth week and there were 194 witnesses for the prosecution, with Judge Tony Hunt indicating he will charge jurors - made up of seven men and five women - on Monday to start their deliberations over a verdict.