The Court of Appeal has dismissed Graham Dwyer‘s appeal against his conviction for the murder of Elaine O’Hara.
The 51-year-old had claimed he was denied a fair trial eight years ago, but the judges disagreed and declared his conviction to be safe.
Monday marks the eighth anniversary of Graham Dwyer’s conviction and he’ll be spending it in the Midlands Prison after he lost this appeal.
The Cork-born killer is much greyer now and the tailored suits he wore at his initial trial were replaced today by a garish ugly Canterbury ¼ zip-top.
In 2015, Dwyer was found guilty of murdering Elaine O’Hara. The prosecution claimed he did so ‘for his own sexual gratification‘.
He has had many legal battles since then, including a successful challenge to the law that allowed for his phone metadata to be retained and accessed.
In a lengthy judgement, the President of the Court of Appeal dismissed his claims that prejudice was allowed to creep into his trial back in 2015.
In relation to his argument that these call records and location data shouldn’t have gone to the jury without the judge applying the appropriate test, the Court of Appeal decided there was no question of evidence being sought by way of a trick or underhand methods.
Dwyer had raised issues with the decision to allow sex tapes to be shown. He also criticised the judge for an apparent look he gave him at one point.
He claimed the media coverage denied him a fair trial and he accused the judge of making an error by not directing an acquittal.
All of the judges however were satisfied that Dwyer had received a fair trial and that his conviction for Elaine’s murder is safe and should stand, so Dwyer’s murder conviction remains intact.