Elaine O’Hara, the 37-year-old woman whose dismembered remains were found in the Wicklow Mountains, was murdered by her architect friend Graham Dwyer, who got life in prison with the judge calling his crime premeditated and callous. The victim’s family was in court to hear that Dwyer would serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.
Life sentences are reserved for the most heinous crimes
In a landmark decision, the court has sentenced architect Graham Dwyer to life in prison for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. The father of three had met Elaine on BDSM internet chatrooms and lured her to his home where he stabbed her at least eight times before dumping her body in a park.
Following his arrest, it emerged that Dwyer had made plans to kidnap and murder someone between October 2012 and September 2013. However, Elaine was killed before the plan could be executed. Nevertheless, Dwyer was still found guilty of planning to commit another murder as well as murdering Ms O’Hara.
There was some information he wanted to retrieve from Elaine O’Hara
The architect of Elaine O’Hara has been sentenced to life in prison. The man, who is the first person to be convicted of murdering a woman in Ireland since 1993, was found guilty of strangling Ms. O’Hara with a computer cable and dumping her body on a Dublin mountainside after sexually assaulting her.
He had pleaded not guilty but during his trial he admitted that he knew Ms. O’Hara and had met her on social media before killing her on August 22nd, 2012. He said that he had wanted to retrieve something from Elaine but wouldn’t say what it was which lead investigators to believe that the murder was premeditated and not spontaneous.
Her remains were in two different locations
The remains of Elaine O’Hara were found at Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, Dublin and at a location in the Dublin mountains. In total, the remains of Elaine were found in two different locations.
The remains of Elaine were discovered by a dog-walker on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham on September 13th 2013. The discovery was made on the first day of searching and just minutes after being deployed.
The second discovery was made by gardai during a search at another location near Dundrum Town Centre and close to where Elaine lived with her family. A number of items linked to Elaine including a TV set from Argos and clothing from Tesco were recovered from this site.
He had posed her body in a number of positions
The body of Elaine O’Hara was found on Killakee Mountain in Rathfarnham, Dublin. She had been stabbed 24 times and asphyxiated. The first photo taken of the crime scene showed her fully clothed with her jeans pulled down to her thighs. Gardai also found a wig, mask and knife buried nearby, suggesting that the killer had planned to leave these items at the scene.
The architect who killed Elaine has been handed a life sentence after pleading guilty to the killing. He told gardai he had posed her body in a number of positions before finally stabbing her and strangling her with his hands until she died.
Her remains were discovered over several months
The remains of Elaine O’Hara were found at Killakee and Rathfarnham in Dublin on 13 September 2013. Her remains were discovered over the course of several months, with the first set being discovered by a dog walker on 17 August 2013.
The discovery was made near Roundwood, County Wicklow, about 15 miles from where Ms. O’Hara was last seen alive. The second set of remains were found just under two miles from the first site by a woman walking her dog on 1 September 2013.
This case was unusual because very little forensic evidence was recovered
This murder case is unusual because very little forensic evidence was recovered, but due to the use of data-matching technology, a jury found architect Graham Dwyer guilty of murdering Elaine O’Hara. When Elaine went missing in August 2012, her family and friends combed the Dublin Mountains looking for her.
Two years after she was last seen alive, her remains were found on Killakee Mountain near Glencullen and Roundwood in County Wicklow. To identify the remains, investigators used DNA samples from Elaine’s mother and father, which matched with bone tissue taken from the skeletal remains.
The man pleaded not guilty at the start, but then later changed his plea.
The man who killed Elaine O’Hara was sentenced to life in prison, with the judge noting the callous and horrific nature of her death. Elaine was last seen on August 23rd 2012 before she disappeared. Her remains were found at Killakee Mountain by a search team on September 13th 2013.
He will be sentenced by Mr Justice Tony Hunt on Friday.
An architect has been given a life sentence with the final five years on licence for the murder of Elaine O’Hara.
The 44-year-old, who cannot be named to protect his daughter, was convicted by a jury at Central Criminal Court last month. He had pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms O’Hara in August 2012 by stabbing her multiple times and dumping her body at Killakee, Rathfarnham. The court heard that he murdered Ms O’Hara because she rejected him and threatened to reveal their sexual relationship to his wife.
Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy said it was an utterly depraved crime. She told the architect that he should be ashamed of himself and said: You have shown no remorse whatsoever.