Ashling Murphy: Man, 31, appears in court charged with murder of teacher out on jog – World News

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Jozef Puska, who was arrested on Tuesday, appeared before a special sitting of Tullamore District Court – the day after hundreds gathered for the funeral of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy

Ashling Murphy was killed while out jogging along the banks of the Grand Canal at Cappincur, Co Offaly
Ashling Murphy was killed while out jogging along the banks of the Grand Canal at Cappincur, Co Offaly

A 31-year-old man has appeared at a special court sitting charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy.

The school teacher was fatally assaulted while out jogging along the grand canal in Tullamore, Offaly on Wednesday of last week.

This evening Jozef Puska, with an address at Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, was brought before a late night sitting of the local district court.

The man is charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy at Cappincur in Tullamore on January 12, reports the Irish Mirror.

Garda sergeant David Scahill gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.







Jozef Puska, 31, is led in to Tullamore District Court where he is charged with the murder of Irish teacher Ashling Murphy
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Floral tributes laid at the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, where primary school teacher Ashling Murphy was found dead
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When asked if he had any comment after being charged in Tullamore Garda Station, the accused said: “No”.

He was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison until next week.

The accused wearing a grey top and bottoms remained silent throughout.

People inside the court held five pictures of tragic Ashling for the duration of the short hearing.







Jozef Puska, 31, is led in to Tullamore District Court
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A large crowd gathered outside the court house as gardai formed a formation to escort the accused in and out.

A second man was released from custody after being arrested earlier today.

The male, aged in his 30s, was being questioned at a garda station in the Eastern Region on suspicion of withholding information contrary to The Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act 1998.






Ashling Murphy, 23, was running along the canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly, at around 4pm on Wednesday

A file will go the DPP.

It comes after hundreds of people gathered for the funeral of teacher on Tuesday.

Schoolchildren she taught, teammates from Kilcormac Killoughey GAA club and musicians lined the street ahead of her being laid to rest in St Brigid’s Church at 11am before her burial in Lowertown Cemetery.

The children stood in a guard of honour, each holding a photograph of their teacher.



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