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Home under the slammer Killer Graham Dwyer's former home sells for €70k above asking price

Dwyer may use his profits from €665,000 price to aid legal bid to exit prison

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Graham Dwyer’s former upmarket home sold for €665,000.

Graham Dwyer’s former upmarket home sold for €665,000.

Graham Dwyer’s former upmarket home sold for €665,000.

Twisted Killer Graham Dwyer's former upmarket home sold for €665,000, an incredible €70,000 above its asking price, the Sunday World can today reveal.

The sale of the three-bedroom property in the ­exclusive Kerrymount Close estate in Foxrock, on Dublin's southside, was finalised on July 27 last year.

Records obtained from the ­Property Services Regulatory Authority show the couple who bought the house paid more than 10 per cent above the €595,000 asking price.

And it was sold at a time when there was uncertainty in the ­property market in Dublin due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer

 

Sources said a large part of the selling price would have gone to pay off Dwyer's mortgage with First Active.

However, any remaining funds, would have been divided between Dwyer and his co-owner.

Land registry records show that ­Dwyer had been listed as the full owner of the property, ­alongside Gemma Dwyer, on ­November 27, 2007.

Dwyer could now use this portion of the proceeds to help bolster a legal war chest ahead of his upcoming appeal.

In a few weeks, the European Court of Justice will rule if gardaí breached EU law by accessing his ­mobile phone data during the probe into the murder of vulnerable childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.

The court case will be heard on June 24 in Strasbourg.

If the judges find in ­Dwyer's favour, it will open the door for him to use the decision for his ­appeal against conviction.

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Sources say that if this happens, Dwyer is likely to get a retrial on the charge of murdering Elaine.

The mobile phone data obtained by gardaí was ­crucial to the prosecution, in showing how he meticulously planned and also attempted to cover-up Elaine's murder in August 2012.

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Victim Elaine O'Hara.

Victim Elaine O'Hara.

Victim Elaine O'Hara.

 

Detectives used his call and text records, plus data from the communication masts his phone pinged off, to form a key part of their case against him.

They were able to prove that on the day before the murder, ­Dwyer's work phone was at ­Killakee ­Mountain in south Dublin - the spot where he stabbed Ms O'Hara to death.

Gardaí also used phone analysis to establish a link between Dwyer and two pay-as-you-go mobiles he used to contact his victim.

They were able to point to ­dozens of occasions when the work phone and one of the two others pinged off the same mast, which helped convince a jury he owned them.

Those phones, known as the "master" and "slave" phones ­during the trial, in turn linked him to text messages in which he spoke of his desire to rape and kill women - and to stab Ms O'Hara.

Dwyer unsuccessfully tried to have the mobile phone evidence ruled inadmissible but Judge Tony Hunt allowed the jury to hear it.

Lawyers representing the Cork architect and a legal team for An Garda Síochána will take part in the hearing on June 24, which is scheduled to be heard in one day.

The 48-year-old will not attend the hearing, which will not be available to stream online.

Five judges will listen to legal submissions.

After considering the evidence, they will issue their final judgment to the Irish Supreme Court.

Last year, the European court ruled, in two similar cases, that EU member states and service providers do not have broad rights to retain data on EU citizens.

Dwyer was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for the murder of 36-year-old Ms O'Hara - who had been missing since August of 2012.

Her car was found near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill, and it was initially presumed she had taken her own life after visiting her mother's grave.

In September 2013, several items including handcuffs and ball gags were found by a garda in Vartry reservoir, near Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, when the water level was depleted.

Three days later, human remains were discovered by a dog walker on Killakee Mountain.

Using dental records, gardaí were able to confirm they were those of Ms O'Hara.

In the ensuing investigation, ­gardaí discovered that the vulnerable woman had been a member of an adult fetish website.

Detectives were able to link her account to Dwyer's and establish they had been communicating through the site since 2007.

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The area near Quinns Road in Shankill where Elaine O’Hara met Graham Dwyer

The area near Quinns Road in Shankill where Elaine O’Hara met Graham Dwyer

The area near Quinns Road in Shankill where Elaine O’Hara met Graham Dwyer

 

Dwyer was arrested at his ­former home in Kerrymount Close on ­October 17, 2013, and has ­remained in custody since then.

He is serving a life sentence in the Midlands Prison.

Despite his status as one of the State's most notorious killers, ­Dwyer has enjoyed a steady stream of attention and visits from would-be girlfriends.

The property at Kerrymount Close was placed on the market through the Wyse estate agency in November of 2019.

The modern, 159sq m detached house with private rear garden had been vacant in the years after Dwyer's arrest.

It was said, at the time, that the €595,000 price was about 10 per cent below the typical asking price for properties in this area, where houses went for between €650,000 and €700,000.

The downstairs area of the house comprised of an entrance hall, guest toilet, sitting room, kitchen, dining room and living room.

Upstairs are the three bedrooms, including a main bedroom suite with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom.

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