Killer Graham Dwyer joins rapist’s rock band in prison
Now sources say Dwyer still plays guitar almost every day in a class behind bars
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Dublin killer Graham Dwyer has joined a rock band while serving time in prison, it has emerged.
The band was formed with Cratloe rapist Stephen Barry, who was released from prison in 2019. Barry was the lead singer in Dwyer’s group.
Dwyer, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Elaine O’Hara, played bass guitar in the band, and still plays almost every day.
Before Barry, who was involved in a horrific gang rape, was released, he and Dwyer formed a group for a weekly music class behind bars — and the pair became pals.
Now sources say Dwyer likes to play solo a lot, and is often seen walking around with his bass guitar on his back.
The killer spends his time playing his instrument or reading as he awaits his upcoming appeal over the murder of Ms O’Hara.
He is allowed to play the bass guitar during the class which can take place any day, as long as he is supervised by prison staff.
A man who was in a band with Dwyer in the 1990s previously told how he couldn’t believe Dwyer had “turned into a monster.”
Steve Hadley — part of the band called The Swing in 1992 — told how he met Dwyer after putting an ad in a music shop looking for a bass player.
Speaking in 2015, he said: “I’ve been in shock from day one when I heard about his arrest and it will take a while to sink in that he’s been jailed for such a brutal and barbaric crime.
“He never discussed any bizarre fantasies.”
Meanwhile, rapist Stephen Barry has since taken to the streets of Limerick to try and show off his singing skills.
Earlier this year a video emerged of Barry belting out Bon Jovi’s hit ‘Always’ on a busy street.
Unbeknownst to the person filming and punters walking by, the person singing in a since viral ‘TikTok’ video was in fact evil rapist Barry, who was one of five men convicted of the horrific gang rape of a woman in the Cratloe woods area of Co Clare in 2004.
Barry, who was 25 at the time, helped four other teenagers lock a man in the boot of a car in the woods while they viciously gang raped the woman who was with him.
He was sentenced in 2005 for his part in the rape, and was released from prison in 2019 after spending 14 years behind bars.
Barry admitted raping the woman, assaulting her causing harm, the false imprisonment of her and of her male companion, and the assault of the companion.
He also pleaded guilty to a fifth charge of stealing a bottle of tequila on January 22, 2004, from Fine Wines, Thomond Gate, Limerick.
At the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed 21 years for the rape, 21 years for false imprisonment, five years for each assault and 12 months for theft. All terms were to run concurrently with the final year suspended.
Barry was also registered as a sex offender, and will be under post-release supervision for 10 years.
Four other Limerick teenagers were jailed for terms of up to 10 years for their roles in the crime in which the gang took turns to rape a 35-year-old woman while her 36-year-old male companion was locked in the boot of a car.