GARDAI has identified a new suspect in the Ashling Murphy murder case after a man showed up at a Dublin hospital with a facial wound.
He had lived in Tullamore but had relatives in the capital.
Detectives from Tullamore are understood to be working closely with their colleagues in Dublin as they ask the man.
Talented musician Ashling, 23, was attacked and killed while jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore around 4pm on Wednesday.
A source said: “The investigation is in its infancy but is constantly evolving.
“Gardai is waiting to see if they can interview him to determine if he can assist with their investigation.
“They are also trying to determine if this individual has a history of violence against women. Gardai is checking all lines of investigation. ”
A man on a bicycle spotted on CCTV is said to have the same appearance as the man arrested an hour later Ashling be found.
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It is believed that this may be one of the reasons why the innocent man was lifted up by the gardai.
The man was free release on Thursday night and police announced he was no longer a suspect in the case after they discovered evidence that proved he was not Ashling’s killer.
This related material is being sent to Forensic Science Ireland for examination.
As part of their investigation, officers are continuing to monitor multiple lines of investigation and examine CCTV footage from Tullamore and surrounding areas.
The investigation is being run by detectives from Tullamore Garda Station, who have been assisted by experts from the Garda National Criminal Investigation Bureau. A family liaison officer has also been appointed by Gardai to work closely with the heartbreaking Murphy family.
The Garda National Monitoring Unit also participated in the poll yesterday.
Attorney General Helen McEntee was briefed by Commissioner Garda Drew Harris of the chilling case yesterday. As part of a sensational murder investigation, the gardai conducted door-to-door investigations in the Tullamore area.
HUGE PROGRESSION BILLION
The investigation is being led by Supt Eamonn Curly from Tullamore Garda Station.
A police statement last night said: “The investigation has made significant progress to date. Garda Siochana did not confirm any specifics for operational reasons.
“A Garda Siochana continues to support the Ashling family at this time. The Murphy family is appreciative and overwhelmed by the nation’s support for them. Murphy’s family has requested that they now need privacy, space and time to process Ashling’s death.
As locals struggle to come to terms with the murder that has rocked the nation, Ashling’s hometown was engulfed last night by a “tsunami of fear”.
Concussion residents of Tullamore told the Irish Sun they were “locking themselves in their rooms” and planning to go for a walk or run after the horrific murder.
Teacher Fiona Corcoran, 37, said: “I was distraught, sad and worried. I feel very sad for Ashling and her family. Personally, I don’t know Ashling very well but I remember Ashling’s parents taking her to the group when she was a little girl.
“It was horrible for someone to do this to her. The canal is right next to my house. I would go for a walk on the canal, I did at Christmas but not now. Fear is pervasive.”
Local woman Liz Doyle, 24, admitted she was “looking over my shoulder” after the attack.
She stated yesterday: “I am scared, shocked, everything really has to be honest. I was always nervous about going out alone, now that fear has increased a lot.
“The canal is very crowded, so you would think it was a safe place but it is not. It has spooked the area. I just hope they get whoever has done this. They need to catch the killer who did this. People are on the edge, looking over their shoulders.
“Now I’m looking over my shoulder as I’m walking down the street.” Zoe Tracey, 29, Liz’s friend, said: “It’s very disturbing. Ashling ran in the afternoon and she was killed in broad daylight.
“You just worry, will this happen again? It appears to be a random attack, which is even more worrisome. There doesn’t seem to be any motive at all.
“So it can happen to any of us, it can happen to any of us.”
The canal walkway where Ashling was running is known as ‘Fiona’s Way’.
It is named after Fiona Pender, a Tullamore woman who went missing seven months pregnant in August 1996. Local Geraldine Duffy described Ashling’s murder as “another horrifying tragedy” to take place in New York. this area.
And the mother revealed that her scared daughter decided to stay with her last night.
Geraldine said: ‘It’s horrible, my daughter is a nurse and she didn’t come to her own home last night. She locked the door in my house last night. That’s how fear really is.
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“The whole town is scared. Everyone feels sorry for the Ashling family. And everyone is interested in who might be next. This is just a small town.”
Amid the bewilderment, pensioner Owen Hynes believes it’s important for men to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with women.
Owen, 78, told the Irish Sun: “It was absolutely horrible.
“This can happen to anyone, it’s terrible. For a young woman just jogging, it was a shock. There is something seriously wrong. We women must stand shoulder to shoulder.
“The walking path where it happened is named after Fiona Pender, who went missing years ago.
“That Ashling was murdered on the footpath named after Fiona, it’s hard to pinpoint that.”
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