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Graham Dwyer furious as prison bosses ban his new girlfriend

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Graham Dwyer and Victoria Andreenkova
Graham Dwyer and Victoria Andreenkova

Twisted killer Graham Dwyer has pleaded with prison authorities to let him see his new girlfriend in jail after she was barred from visiting him by jail bosses.

43-year-old Dwyer is locked up in a secure wing at Midland Prison in Portlaoise since he was convicted last April of murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara, for his own sexual gratification.

37-year-old Victoria Andreenkova says she started a relationship with Dwyer after she began visiting him in the Midlands Prison following his conviction.

Victoria Andreenkova

She has said the notorious murderer “touched her heart” and described him as a “tender and soft” person.

“We are soulmates, I find him a very intriguing person. He is very honest,” she said.

Prison authorities have issued Ms Andreenkova a visit ban over her choice of clothing at these visits.

Dwyer has now filed a formal appeal to allow the Russian-born mother to be allowed to visit again, The Irish Daily Star reports.

A source told the paper that the Cork-born architect had confirmed that Ms Andreenkova was his girlfriend and that he was "very keen on her".

It is also understood that the demand follows a 10-point statement formally lodged by the killer as to why his conviction should be overturned.

The former architect was found guilty of murdering Elaine O’Hara (36), on August 22, 2012, at a remote spot in the Dublin Mountains.

Elaine O'Hara

The childcare worker’s skeletal remains were found by a woman walking her dogs on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, on September 13, 2013.

The married father of two, who also has an adult son from a previous relationship, was found guilty by a unanimous jury of stabbing Ms O’Hara to death for his own sexual gratification.

He received a mandatory life sentence and has initiated an appeal against his conviction.

In May, Dwyer lodged an appeal against his conviction for the murder of Elaine.

The issues Dwyer is likely to raise include the mobile phone evidence introduced by the prosecution, his questioning while in custody and the decision to allow Darci Day, a key witness, to give evidence by video link.

After he was sentenced last month, his defence counsel Remy Farrell applied for legal aid on his behalf in the event of an appeal.

A previous court hearing heard that his mortgage on the family home was in arrears and he was no longer earning a salary from his job as an architect.