Dwyer to hear first-hand account of grief he's caused from family statements

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Sentencing: Dwyer will hear a victim impact statement read out in court
Sentencing: Dwyer will hear a victim impact statement read out in court

Graham Dwyer will officially begin his life sentence today for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

The former architect will appear in court to receive his life sentence for the killing of O'Hara in the Dublin Mountains. 

Dwyer will also hear first-hand accounts of grief and trauma he's caused the Elaine's family with a victim impact statement which will be read out in court. 

It is expected to be terse and it will be the convicted killer's first time out of prison since he was found guilty several weeks ago. 

The judge in the trial, Mr Tony Hunt, deferred sentencing of the Cork man to allow a victim impact statement be read out in court. 

The statement will describe the suffering caused to the O'Hara family by the murder of Elaine, and is expected to be harrowing and emotional. It is the family's first opportunity since the trial began to tell Dwyer how his crime impacted on them.

Dwyer has been imprisoned at Cloverhill Prison since his arrest in 2013 but he is expected to be moved to a more high-security jail following his court appearance. 

Prison sources believe that the reality of his situation has finally hit home and he is struggling to deal with it.

“There is no doubt that the conviction has affected him badly,” a source told The Star last week. 

“The deterioration has been extremely noticeable. He has started talking to himself. But it is more gibberish than actual sentences. He is not doing well.”

Dwyer believed, up until the final day of his trial, that he would be acquitted, telling prison officers that he would be enjoying a meal in a restaurant after his trial. 

“It must be that he realises the mess he is in now,” reports prison sources.

He had been placed on suicide watch for the first two weeks of his sentence but has since been removed from it.