BDSM killer convicted of stabbing woman in bondage fantasy could be released

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Graham Dwyer was convicted of brutally murdering Elaine O'Hara, the woman he had a depraved sexual relationship with – and now the case is receiving newfound attention.

Architect Graham Dwyer, 46, is trying to overturn his murder conviction, which currently sees him jailed for life.

Dwyer achieved a huge victory last week when a senior judge ruled that the phone evidence used by Gardaí to convict him for the murder of O'Hara violated EU law — and now there are fears that he may use that judgement to earn his freedom.

O'Hara, 36, was an Irish childcare worker who was brutally murdered in a park in Shanganagh, Dublin on 22 August 2012, the day that she left a psychiatric hospital.

The remains of her body were eventually discovered on Killakee Mountain, south of Dublin, in September 2013.

Depraved Dwyer was convicted of her murder two years later after a lengthy trial which led to the circulation of evidence concerning O'Hara's and Dwyer's BDSM relationship.

The case also revealed the harrowing texts he sent her surrounding their master-slave sexual dynamic, with the murder being labelled as one of Ireland's most horrific crimes due to the sadistic and brutal sexual practices.

O'Hara had suffered many mental health issues since she was a teenager and had been regularly hospitalised for psychiatric care.

She was eventually diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder by Professor Anthony Clare.

While O'Hara's mental health had been improving, the death of her mother in 2002 and the sudden death of Professor Clare in 2007 set her back.

So when she went missing from her home in 2012 with her car found near where her mother was buried, many assumed she committed suicide by jumping off the nearby cliffs.

Suspicions surrounding her death began to grow when three men found a bag in the water in Vartry Reservoir containing handcuffs, clothing, a ball gag and restraints.

This led to police conducting a thorough search of the area and handcuffs, keys, a leather mask, a knife, an inhaler and a chain with a ring on it were found. A Dunnes Stores loyalty card attached to the keyring was identified as belonging to O'Hara.

On 17 September and 7 October 2013, the Garda Water Unit searched the lake, finding two Nokia mobile phones, two mobile phone batteries, a pair of glasses, sunglasses and a rucksack.

The prescription and the number on the frame of the spectacles matched O'Hara's records at a local Specsavers.

While this was going on, a dog walker by the name of Magali Vergnet was walking dogs in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. On these walks, they would regularly bring her bones they had found.

When this started on 21 August 2013 Vergnet simply thought they were animal bones but on 13 September 2013 when the one dog retrieved bones accompanied by clothing, she became concerned.

Vergnet contacted the landowner and they soon uncovered a variety of scattered bones, including the remains of a rib cage and jawbone.

Realising they were most definitely human, the Gardaí were contacted and almost a year after she went missing, O'Hara's body was identified through dental records.

Determined to find her killer, the police combed through her internet search history and found that in 2007 the childcare worker had visited fetish adult sex website Alt.com under the profile name helpmelearn36/F and viewed the profile of architect72.

Police eventually discovered that this was Dwyer's account, which led to the discovery of a sexual relationship between the two that included bondage, violence and knives.

Violent homemade sex videos and emails were retrieved from their laptops that proved the relationship was getting more violent and manipulative over time.

They also uncovered a variety of worrisome texts from the Nokia phones that were being used between the two, where Dwyer was referred to as "Master" and O'Hara was referred to as "Slave".

"I want to stick my knife in flesh while I am sexually aroused… I would like to stab a girl to death some time," one of his disturbing messages read.

"You have a big punishment coming up, getting knifed in the guts," read another.

"My urge to rape, stab or kill is huge. You have to help me control or satisfy it," was another message Dwyer sent.

A fourth read: "Empty yourself and become nothing. You are property and a piece of slave meat. Your only job is to serve."

He was arrested and denied knowing O'Hara, which was refuted by surveillance footage at her home and the presence of semen in her bed.

The prosecutor said the evidence pointed to Dwyer devising a detailed strategy to commit and get away with murder. Dwyer had manipulated O'Hara by exploiting her poor self-esteem and his desire to kill a woman was well-documented in his texts.

It was determined that O'Hara was not a willing participant in sexual violence as she regularly voiced her desire to "not to be stabbed" and "not to be beaten" by him on numerous occasions. She was instead after companionship and a child, which Dwyer used against her.

Dwyer was found guilty by a unanimous jury on 27 March 2015. Judge Tony Hunt said he "110 per cent agreed" with the jury's verdict when he sentenced him to life in prison.

The Court of Justice will make a final ruling later this year, with there being a chance they'll agree with Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona's finding that the use of phone data was illegal under EU law.

If the evidence is ruled inadmissible, the conviction will be quashed and he will not be guilty of murder.

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