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Court told of Dwyer link to phone
02 Mar 2015 23:11
A mobile phone found in the Vartry Reservoir in Wicklow shortly after Elaine O'Hara's remains were found was linked by a garda analyst to Graham Dwyer through her analysis of toll booth records, the Central Criminal Court has heard.
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Mr Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms O'Hara on 22 August 2012.
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Crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd was giving evidence about her analysis of mobile phone call data records and other material.
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The court heard she analysed data relating to five mobile phone numbers and associated handsets: Ms O'Hara's number, Mr Dwyer's work phone number, an 083 number and two 086 numbers used by two phones found in Vartry Reservoir in September 2013.
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The court heard the initial part of her analysis related to trying to find the user of an 086 mobile phone number attached to one of the two Nokia phones found in the reservoir.
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She told the court she focused on 4 July 2012 as she established this phone had been used in the early part of the day in Galway city and then used in Dublin 2 later in the day.
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There was a gap of more than two hours and she said this suggested use of the motorway network to get from Galway to Dublin.
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She said analysis of the messages sent and received by this number suggested it used cells on mobile phone masts in the Dublin 2 area during the daytime on Monday to Friday.
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In the evenings, there were far fewer text messages and the phone used cells in south Co Dublin.
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She said she examined toll company records and said she was looking for a vehicle which used tolls on the Galway road at the appropriate time and which was registered to a person from the south Co Dublin area.
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She said she noticed a 99 G 11850 registration plate on a small blue car.
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She identified Mr Dwyer who had an address in Foxrock in south Co Dublin as the owner of this car.
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