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State claims Dwyer told Elaine O’Hara he would get her pregnant if she helped him kill

CourtsBy Natasha Reid
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

A man the State claims was Graham Dwyer told Elaine O’Hara that he would get her pregnant if she helped him stab someone to death, after she asked him to stop stabbing her as she was scared he was going to kill her.

When she expressed concerns about being caught, he noted that nobody had ever been caught for killing Raonaid Murray or a homeless woman in the Phoenix Park.

The evidence was heard this morning on the 35th day of the architect’s murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Dwyer (42) is charged with murdering Ms O’Hara at Killakee, Rathfarnham, Dublin on 22nd August 2012, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital.

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.

Crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd spent this morning dealing with hundreds of messages between Ms O’Hara and a phone that the State says the accused purchased in the name of Goroon Caisholm on March 25th, 2011.

Ms Skedd confirmed the content of the texts, which were read out by Seán Guerin SC, prosecuting.

The person using the second phone texted Ms O’Hara on the evening of July 29th 2011 to tell her to boil knives in preparation for a punishment he was going to give her the following day.

“You can die from blood loss but not an infection,” he wrote.

“Please don’t let me die! Please don’t kill me, please. Sir, I don’t want to die,” she replied. “I’m scared you’re going to kill me.”

He told her she wouldn’t die.

He texted her the following evening to ‘assume the position’ and texted her less than an hour later to send him pictures of her wounds.

Elaine O'Hara

She said she would and apologised.

“I will miss you,” she wrote. “Sir, I always tried my best. I know I made you mad a lot but it wasn’t my intention.”

He texted her the following day that he was sorry to lose her.

“Did you say I could kill you as long as I didn’t tell you when it was coming?” he asked.

“I don’t think I said that,” she replied.

“I will miss you sir, but if I’m ever to find someone and have kids, which is what I really want, I need to be free of stabs,” she wrote. “Unless you want to give me a child, sir?”

He said he would, but wouldn’t be around to raise or support it.

“I’ll give you one if you want, but they must never know,” he added.

“Not hard to do, as I really don’t know you,” she replied.

He asked her when she wanted to get pregnant and she said whenever she could.

He pointed to her work and college commitments.

“I would drop everything for a baby,” she replied.

“Ok, a life for a life. Help me take one and I’ll give you one,” he wrote.

“Sure, you set it up,” she replied.

She texted him on August 3rd, 2011 to ask if he had meant what he had said.

“Yes,” he replied. “It’s your reward for helping me stab a girl to death.”

He said they needed new, untraceable pay-as-you-go phones and fake names.

He texted her later to say he had found an empty house for sale in Willow Park, Druids Valley, Cabinteely. He gave the name of the female auctioneer as Ms Quinn. Rowena Quinn gave evidence earlier in the trial that she was selling a house there.

Ms O’Hara texted later that she thought it was too close to home and to her work.

He didn’t agree and said he would knock her out with a hammer before stabbing her.

“Then back to yours to celebrate and knock you up,” he wrote.

However, he agreed with her concerns about being traced by technology and suggested a random stabbing instead.

She later expressed doubts about him getting away with murder.

“I will,” he wrote. “No one ever caught for Raonaid Murray or homeless woman in Phoenix Park.”

Ms Skedd is coming towards the end of her evidence, in which she’s detaling more than 2600 messages recovered from various devices in the investigation.

The trial has heard that Ms O’Hara was last seen in Shanganagh, South Dublin on the evening of August 22nd 2012.

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 before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and the jury of five women and seven men.