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Jury in Dwyer trial shown videos of man appearing to stab women during sex

CourtsBy Natasha Reid
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

The jury in the Graham Dwyer trial has been shown videos of a man appearing to stab women during sex, with blood visible in some.

The jury also saw what the State said was a self-made video of the architect stabbing himself and another of him reviewing the use of chloroform on himself.

The jurors were given a warning before the videos were shown this morning on the 33rd day of the murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

It was the third day in a row that the jurors were warned about the difficult nature of the evidence about to come.

Dwyer (42) is charged with murdering Dubliner Elaine O’Hara at Killakee, Rathfarnham, Dublin on 22nd August 2012.

The Cork-born father of three of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 36-year-old childcare worker on that date.

Detective Garda Brid Wallace gave evidence of finding 38 videos ‘possibly relevant’ to the investigation on hard drives seized from Mr Dwyer’s home.

She said that females were present in 35 of these and two of them were movies that appeared to be self-made videos of the accused.

The first video to be shown was called Blood2.mp4 and showed a man stabbing himself.  The prosecution labelled this: ‘Clip of Graham Dwyer with Knife’.

The second video featured a man speaking to the camera.

“Hello. I’m just after waking up from having knocked myself out with chloroform,” he said. “I’m very disoriented.”

The State labelled this video: ‘Clip of Graham Dwyer after chloroform’.

She found three particular clips in a folder called EH within a folder labelled Sub on one device. The first, labelled Clip21.avi, appeared to show a man swinging a knife at a bound woman while having sex with her.

In another clip, a naked woman with her mouth covered could be heard screaming while a man appeared to push a knife into her.

The detective found 13 videos in a folder called J and another initial within the folder labelled Sub. The first one of these was called Attempted Breast Stab.mp4 and the content was related to the name of the file. The woman could be heard shouting ‘F**king hell’ during the clip.

The trial has heard that Ms O’Hara was last seen in Shanganagh, South Dublin on the evening of August 22nd 2012, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital.

A cause of death could not be determined when her skeletal remains were discovered at Killakee on September 13th the following year.

It is the State’s case that Mr Dwyer stabbed her for his own sexual gratification.

The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and the jury of five women and seven men.