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Evening Standard
Matt Watts

Jozef Puska, 31, charged with murder of teacher Ashling Murphy, 23, in Ireland

A man has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy in Ireland.

Jozef Puska, 31, appeared in court on Wednesday evening charged with the murder of the teacher who was killed as she jogged alongside a canal.

Puska, of Tullamore, Co Offaly, was heckled as he was brought from a Garda car to appear before a special sitting of Tullamore District Court.

He was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison after the brief hearing.


Meanwhile, a second man, arrested under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939, has been released without charge.

A file is to be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The body of Ms Murphy, a talented musician and teacher, was found on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore last Wednesday.

On Tuesday, large crowds gathered in the village of Mountbolus and outside St Brigid's Church, where her funeral was held.

Mourners included Irish president Michael D Higgins and Irish premier Micheal Martin.

Vigils have been held across Ireland and the world to remember Ms Murphy and to call for a change in tackling gender-based violence.

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