The murder suspect of the savage Ashling Murphy is suspected of being violent in the past.
The Irish Sun can reveal the suspect – who has previously appeared in court on charges of public order and theft – has also been suspected of violence in the past.
Following Wednesday night’s shocking murder, comments have also been posted on social media claiming that Ashling’s killer was a “scum”.
Witnesses were able to give a description of the alleged killer to Gardai.
Detectives have until late tonight before he is charged or released.
Gardai – who also visited Ashling’s school yesterday – believes she fought bravely when brutally beaten by her attacker.
He was known by Gardai of Tullamore for his criminal record but also for his alcohol abuse and promiscuity.
Gardai is awaiting the results of a forensic test before making a decision to charge him with the murder of the teacher.
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They are also trying to locate his phone to try to establish his movements before the murder happened.
Officers also suspect that Ashling was being followed before she was murdered.
The heartless murder is being treated as a random attack.
A source said: “This man is known to the gardai for his previous convictions but he was not being investigated for any crime at the time of this horrific incident.
“He is a man suspected of having violent tendencies.”
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