Saturday November 23, 2019

The Dwyer Trial: how the case unfolded

A remarkable set of coincidences transformed a missing persons case into a murder trial that revealed the relentless pursuit of a vulnerable woman by a ruthless predator.

22nd April, 2015

Inside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin where Mr Justice Tony Hunt presided over the murder trial of Graham Dwyer (far left) Illustration by Alwyn Gillespie

The last known sighting of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara was at Shanganagh Park on the evening of August 22, 2012. Jogger Conor Gilfoyle stopped to give her directions to a railway footbridge that led down to the shore by Shankill. The 36-year-old had been discharged from St Edmundsbury psychiatric hospital at midday.

She had spent the afternoon with her father Frank O’Hara visiting her mother’s grave at Shanganagh Cemetery. He believed she was in good...

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