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S&M killer Graham Dwyer challenge conviction for Elaine O’Hara murder

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Disgraced architect Graham Dwyer has lodged an appeal against his conviction for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara.

The Courts Service confirmed today that Dwyer’s legal team had served formal notice of his intention to fight his conviction for the murder.

The Cork-born father of three was found guilty of murdering the 36-year-old Dubliner by stabbing her for his sexual gratification in the Dublin Mountains.

Dwyer had been on trial for more than two months, charged with Elaine’s murder.

The 42-year-old of Kerrymout Close, Foxrock, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to her murder at Killakee, Rathfarnham.

However, a jury of five women and seven men was satisfied that he lured her up the mountain that evening to stab her in pursuit of sexual gratification, before disposing of her belongings to make it look like suicide.

Dwyer was given 21 days by Mr Justice Tony Hunt to formally appeal his conviction. Today was the last day on which he could lodge his appeal.

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.