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Garda's evidence in Dwyer trial
30 Jan 2015 00:12
A garda has told the Central Criminal Court that he found a set of keys linked to Elaine O'Hara in Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow, three days after her remains were found in the Dublin Mountains in September 2013.
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Garda James O'Donoghue was giving evidence at the trial of 42-year-old Graham Dwyer, who denies murdering Ms O'Hara in August 2012.
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Garda O'Donoghue returned to the bridge over the Roundwood reservoir three times, after a local angler handed in items that he had found in the lake on 10 September 2013.
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William Fegan and two other men had found handcuffs, restraints, clothes and other items.
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Mr Fegan handed them into Roundwood garda station on 11 September after becoming concerned that something was not right.
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Garda O'Donoghue told the court he went to the place Mr Fegan had found the items on 12 September.
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However, he said it was windy and he could not see anything in the water.
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He returned on 14 September and climbed down as close to the water as he could get but again he did not see anything.
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On 16 September he said the weather was much better.
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He said when he looked over the bridge he saw a set of handcuffs partially submerged in the river.
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He climbed down again and began searching with his hands in the water - he said the water was about 12 to 14 inches deep.
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He said he felt a metallic object and pulled out a set of keys.
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The jury has heard this set of keys included keys to Elaine O' Hara's apartment, her family home and her car.
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There was also a loyalty card for Dunnes Stores on the keyring.
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He also found a leather mask, a knife, an inhaler and a chain with a ring on it.
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He made inquiries with Dunnes Stores about the loyalty card and as a result of what they told him, he made further inquiries and found that Ms O'Hara was a missing person.
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