Man, 31, in court charged with murder of Ashling Murphy

A man has appeared in court tonight charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Jozef Puska, 31, from Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, was taken before Tullamore County Court just before 8:15 a.m.

Ashling Murphy passed away last week


Ashling Murphy passed away last week
Jozef Puska, 31, taken to Tullamore Quận District Court


Jozef Puska, 31, taken to Tullamore Quận District CourtCredit: PA: Press Association
Pushka seen after the hearing


Pushka seen after the hearing

A crowd cheered for Puska as he was taken from an unmarked Garda and taken to the courthouse.

Wearing a gray tracksuit and black mask, he sat with his head bowed for two minutes of the hearing and did not speak throughout the proceedings.

Detective Sergeant David Scahill told Judge Catherine Staines he arrested the accused at 7:22 p.m. at Tullamore Garda Station.

At 7.45 p.m., the officer said he charged him with the murder of Ashling.

Puska was asked in the Garda station if he wanted to answer cautiously and he said “No”.

The court said he was earning €200 a week in disability benefits. Judge Staines provided him with legal assistance.

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She adjourned the case until January 26, when Puska will appear by video link before Cloverhill County Court.

She also accepted a request to have a Slovak interpreter present at all hearings.

Supporters of the Ashling family stood in the back of the elevated courtroom and held up framed photographs of the slain elementary school teacher.

Puska spent a few minutes talking with her attorney after the case was closed.

Several hundred people gathered on the steps of the courtroom to watch him being carried out of the building.


Gardai had to make a rope when he was brought into the back of a marked Garda van.

The large crowd taunted and shouted obscenities towards the man accused of murder before he was driven away, with a figure hitting the side of the car.

He was arrested on Tuesday before he was charged this evening.

A second man arrested on suspicion of hiding information was released without charge this evening.

A file has been sent to DPP.

The 23-year-old was laid to rest yesterday after an emotional funeral in Tullamore.

The students held in their hands red roses and a photo of their beloved teacher as her remains were brought into the church.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, at the start of the funeral, embraced Ashling’s devastated father Raymond, mother Kathleen, sister Amy, brother Cathal and boyfriend Ryan Casey.

The service began with music performed by members of Ballyboy Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, lecturing to colleagues and friends of Ms. Murphy.

Huge crowds gathered for the funeral, as children outside the church held pictures of Mrs. Murphy and roses.

The message next to Ms Murphy’s image read: “Far high in the sky, our bright lights.”

Icons of Ashling’s life were placed on the altar at her funeral, including a rooster, a Kilcormac/Killoughey camogie shirt, a family photo, a school book and her photo.


Father Michael Meade told the service that the Ashlings had been “robbed of your most precious gift”.

He told those in mourning: “We grieve together, we pray together, we grieve together – this is the heavy price we pay for love.

“We gather as a family to be around, support with our prayers and presence, who have deep darkness, raw and intense pain.

“Kathleen and Ray, Cathal, Amy and her boyfriend Ryan – you’ve been robbed of your most precious gift – a gift that brings only joy and love, joy and laughter to so many people outside of your family.

Issues raised in many ways and voices since this terrible act of violence invaded all of our lives, we will pray, continue to grow and bring about change. that we need so much, simply giving and showing respect.”

In an emotional memorial service, the 23-year-old’s boyfriend of five years Ryan Casey said she was, is and will be. always be his confidant After her family was devastated, this talented teacher was laid to rest.


Addressing a crowd at his girlfriend’s grave, a heartbroken Ryan described his partner as “a bright light” and “the greatest love of my life”.

He said: “It is simply impossible to explain what Ashling means to myself or her family and friends in these few short words.

“What I want to say at the moment is that Ashling is really our shining light.

“She loves her mom Kathleen, dad Ray, sister Amy and brother Cathal and all her family and friends so much.

“She was always there, always willing to help people, anywhere, anytime and always put herself last.

“She has so many interests and talents that all combine to make her such an amazing, beautiful, lovely person that we are all so lucky to know and love to spend so much time with. as much time as possible.”

Puska is incarcerated


Puska is incarcerated
Puska, 31, was loaded into a van after appearing at Tullamore . District Court


Puska, 31, was loaded into a van after appearing at Tullamore . District CourtCredit: PA: Press Association
Gardai leads Puska out of court after the hearing


Gardai leads Puska out of court after the hearingCredit: Gary Ashe
Ashling was 23 years old when she passed away


Ashling was 23 years old when she passed away Man, 31, in court charged with murder of Ashling Murphy

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