GARDAI is working to build a profile of the main suspect in the murder of Ashling Murphy after seizing his phone and talking to his relatives, the Irish Sun can reveal.
The devices are being tested to see if they can help pinpoint the suspect’s movements over the previous few hours. 23-year-old teacher Ashling brutally murdered.
They were seized along with a number of other items from a property in Tullamore and also in Dublin.
Searches were carried out by the Garda National Bureau of Engineering as they attempted to recover more vital DNA evidence.
As part of the investigation, they are trying to recover any DNA related to the samples that were taken from Ashling and also from the Falcon Storm mountain bike recovered from the scene.
Ashling – who fought bravely in a frenzied attack by a stranger – lost her fight for her life last Wednesday after she was targeted in a random attack at the canal bank in Cappincur , Tullamore, Co Offaly, five days ago.
The developments in the garda investigation come as the talented musician’s family takes their beloved girl on a final journey home before she is laid to rest tomorrow.
Her devastated mother and father Kathleen and Raymond, along with sister Amy, brother Cathal and boyfriend Ryan Casey told of their heartbreak, saying Ashling would “So sad”.
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She was back at the family home for a few hours yesterday, after her family once again visited the scene of her murder in Cappincur.
The family, who also attended a vigil at the scene of the murder on the famous canal walk on Friday, were escorted to the site by Gardai, where they stayed for about 10 minutes. .
The first grade teacher will be interred at home again today before being taken to St Brigid’s Church in Mountbolus for a funeral service at 11am tomorrow before being interred at Lowertown Cemetery in Mountbolus.
As the suspect who killed Ashling was previously unknown to the gardai, detectives investigating the horrifying murder are also trying to determine if he has ever expressed a view or expressed an interest in violence against women. or not.
Officers have also spoken to his relatives but they hope to speak with others – including friends and family members – who may be able to shed light on his conduct in these incidents. week before last Wednesday’s barbaric attack.
Although search at property south of Dublin has been completed, a property search in Tullamore has been completed still going on yesterday. Some of the clothes seized are being examined to see if they contain traces of blood or DNA.
A large area of the Grand Canal Bank in Tullamore was also cordoned off yesterday as the Garda Water Unit worked in low visibility conditions to carefully hunt for evidence.
Search teams also conducted an inefficient search for evidence, while conceivably a car was also seized.
PHONE IS TESTED
A source said: “The phones are being examined to see if they can provide anything of evidence value to the investigative team.
“They can be used to help confirm someone’s movements at specific times, but also provide insight into their thoughts with the owner’s viewing history.
“Everything seized during the investigation will be thoroughly examined by the team.
“It is very often the case that there can be loads of information on phones or other electronic devices. A lot of information and evidence has been gathered but it is important for those who have not come to pick up the phone yet.”
Currently, the main suspect is being treated at a Dublin hospital for face and hand injuries.
Gardai is hoping that they will get all the clarity from the doctors in the next few days to ask him.
They obtained his DNA profile after the warrant was issued. The suspect was taken to the hospital by a relative on Thursday night. And we understand the relative then went to a station north of Dublin Garda to say he had just taken the family member to the hospital.
The suspect testified that he was stabbed in Dublin, prompting the hospital to contact the gardai.
Officers at Tullamore became aware of this development and quickly arrived in Dublin.
Detectives from Tullamore and experts from the National Criminal Investigation Bureau are currently waiting to interview the “person of interest”.
Other evidence that has been collected by Gardai includes dozens of CCTV images.
Although they received one last Wednesday evening of the suspect mountain biking, they also received other pictures of the man riding the bike.
DOZENS CALLS FROM PUBLIC
They also received dozens of calls from members of the public about the suspect’s possible movements prior to the murder. This included one in which a woman in her 40s claimed she saw a man acting suspiciously just two hours before Ashling was targeted.
Gardai is also probing a bicyclist in the same area 24 hours before the murder. People prayed for Ashling at Masses across the country yesterday morning as prayers continued at home and abroad.
Huge crowds gather to light candles and pay their respects silently at Bantry, west Cork, Greystones, Co Wicklow, Birr, Co Offaly, Kilkenny, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Lurgan, Co Armagh, Howth, North Co Dublin , Ballincollig, Cork and Sligo.
SUPPORT ASHLING’S FAMILY
Ashling’s support for the family is also shown at beware from afar such as Barcelona, Brussels, Manchester and Dubai.
hurdles Offaly and Antrim formed an A on the field ahead of their Walsh Cup game while hurdles Meath and Westmeath GAA removed the number 23 jersey yesterday in honor of Ashling, as well as Offaly and Clare female players.
Father Joe Gallagher of Assumption Church in Tullamore told weekend massgoers: “Life can be so cruel and we don’t know why.”
Praying for Ashing and her grieving family, Father Gallagher added: “We can’t even begin to understand their pain and we want to reach out to them and get them through a terrible time. this horror.”
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