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'Someone will go to jail': Judge in Graham Dwyer murder trial warns public about tweeting

‘Someone is going to spend some time in jail for contempt’ the next time it happens.

THE JUDGE IN the Graham Dwyer trial has warned people attending the proceedings not to tweet anything said in the absence of the jury.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt gave the warning today, telling members of the public that there were restrictions on reporting matters discussed while a jury was not present. He explained that such discussions could not be reported until a trial was over and for a good reason.

His comments followed the tweeting of material by a member of the public on Tuesday afternoon.

The judge said he accepted that the tweeter had been unfamiliar with the rules, but warned that ‘someone was going to spend some time in jail for contempt’ the next time it happened.

Although the jury was not in court when he gave this warning, he asked that it be reported. Both the prosecution and defence consented.

Mr Dwyer (42) is on trial at the Central Criminal Court, charged with murdering Dubliner Elaine O’Hara at Killakee, Rathfarnham, Dublin on 22 August 2012.

The Cork-born father of three of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 36-year-old childcare worker on that date.

The trial has heard that Ms O’Hara was last seen in Shanganagh, South Dublin that evening, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital.

A cause of death could not be determined when her skeletal remains were discovered at Killakee on 13 September the following year.

It is the State’s case that Mr Dwyer stabbed her for his own sexual gratification.

The trial continues before the jury of five women and seven men.

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