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"I would trust him with my life" - Graham Dwyer's 'girlfriend' speaks of her love for the murderer

Victoria Andreenkova says she ‘doesn’t see him as a convicted killer’.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
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THE WOMAN WHO says she’s Graham Dwyer’s girlfriend says she would like to “spend her life with him”.

Victoria Andreenkova has been speaking to the media about her relationship with the convicted murderer and says that she would “trust him with my life”.

The Russian-born woman has been visiting Dwyer in the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise but told 4FM’s Late Show with Niall Boylan that she doesn’t believe he will be in jail for long.

She says that she doesn’t have the expertise to decide if he’s innocent or guilty but added that “I don’t see him as a convicted killer”.

Dwyer was convicted of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara and was handed a mandatory life sentence.

“I look at it from a different side, I look at who he is,” she told the show.

He is a very, very kind human being and he has a lot of talents. He’s highly intelligent and I believe he has a whole future ahead of him to live, and I certainly would like to spend my life with him if that’s possible.

“I don’t see him as a convicted killer because I believe he is Graham and I see him as Graham….Absolutely, I trust him. I would trust him with my life.”

“I don’t see him as a threat at all because if you look at his ex-wife, she is still alive, his children are still alive,” she says.

Andreenkova has questioned the validity of the evidence in the case and says that she “doesn’t trust the gardaí”.

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“The law doesn’t stand up always,” she said. “There was no cause of death found and normally people only get tried through the DPP when there is hard evidence and I don’t believe there was any hard evidence.”

Speaking about when she visited him for the first time in prison, Andreenkova said she got the impression that he “doesn’t like the prison food because he’s lost a lot of weight”.

“He said that I look very beautiful… we had no relationship at that time, we saw it as kind of a date even though it was all behind walls,” she said adding that they have kissed during her visits.

“He formally asked me that I be his girlfriend.”

Andreenkova said that the last time she visited him he told her that she was being banned from the prison. They are appealing the decision to the governor of the prison.

“He rings me every day,” she claimed, adding the he’s been romantic with her, buying her a “pink toothbrush” to put beside his in his prison cell.

Andreenkova also spoke to 98FM’S Adrian Kennedy with producer Jeremy Dixon responding to criticism from listeners about her appearance:

We have received some negative feedback from listeners about airing this interview but we were expecting that. We felt that she has a right to tell her side of the story and she herself wanted to put the record straight on a few issues.

Read: State Pathologist says she was surprised by Graham Dwyer guilty verdict >

Read: Graham Dwyer moved after death threat from another prisoner >

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