The moment the father of three was handcuffed and arrested at the hospital as the prime suspect in the murder of Ashling Murphy

THIS is the moment the main suspect in the murder of Ashling Murphy is captured by the gardai.

Our exclusive image shows the main “person of interest” in the investigation is being lifted seconds after leaving St James’ hospital in Dublin at around 11:30am yesterday.

The main suspect in the Ashling Murphy murder was led away by Gardai after being arrested yesterday


The main suspect in the Ashling Murphy murder was led away by Gardai after being arrested yesterday
Tragic Ashling was murdered last week


Tragic Ashling was murdered last week
The area in Tullamore where Ashling was killed


The area in Tullamore where Ashling was killedCredit: Gary Ashe

Image of him leaving the back entrance of the hospital in handcuffs with two detectives.

Man arrested on suspicion Ashling kills people in Tullamore, Co Offaly, after spending the last five nights in a Dublin hospital.

One viewer told us: “He was taken to the back of a building where a lot of work was going on. It was a bit odd to see a man handcuffed from the back of the building.

“He was led to the Garda for a few seconds and then he was gone.”

The suspect – from outside Tullamore and a father of three – could be held for 24 hours before being charged or released.

He was quizzed last night in Tullamore Garda Station by local detectives and also by expert interviewers from the Garda National Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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Officially arrested at the hospital, the suspect was immediately taken from Dublin to Tullamore Garda Station. Garda motorcyclists provided an escort for the Garda investigation team.

We can also reveal that the suspect was previously unknown to the gardai before he emerged as a suspect in the case.

The officers are also working closely with their colleagues in Europol and Eastern Europe.

The man arrested is thousands of mourners joined Ashling’s family, friends, boyfriend, students and fellow musicians at her funeral in Tullamore yesterday.


A source said: “The investigation has made a lot of progress and this is another important development.

“The case still has a lot of work to do but a lot of evidence has been collected.

“The suspect will now be interviewed on suspicion of murder and will be given every opportunity to pass on what he may know about this horrific murder.”

The suspect has been hospitalized since last Thursday to receive treatment for injuries to his hands, face and other injuries.

Gardai is probing whether some of the injuries he received were self-inflicted.

The man, originally from Slovakia, was first identified as a suspect by gardai last Thursday. Around the same time, he was taken to a Dublin hospital by a relative. It is understood he has claimed he was stabbed in an attack in west Dublin.

The relative then called a station north of Dublin Garda and informed the gardai that the man was in hospital.

Officers from Tullamore immediately arrived in Dublin as they awaited news from the hospital.


The hospital made a decision yesterday morning that the suspect was healthy enough to be interviewed and informed the gardai immediately.

They are particularly interested in information from friends or relatives of the suspect, who have yet to release any information as they continue to build a profile of him.

Although this is the latest part of the investigation, the gardai is urging anyone with information about Ashling’s murder to continue.

Evidence has been collected including DNA, CCTV images and witness statements.

One of the CCTV images included a man riding a mountain bike before the murder.

Forensic evidence was also recovered from a Falcon Storm mountain bike was found near the scene of last Wednesday’s murder.

Detectives will try and determine if the DNA recovered from the scene matches the suspect’s DNA.

Gardai further searched the main suspect’s home outside Tullamore and also a property linked to him in the Crumlin area, south Dublin.


Officers seized the car and phone in connection with the arrested man.

A bank of bottles was also seized by the gardai on Monday as the gardai continued to search for a weapon used in Ashling’s savage murder. The Grand Canal was searched over fears her killer might have dropped a weapon in the water.

Our exclusive photo comes after we revealed yesterday how Gardai received dashcam footage from an ambulance as part of their efforts to track Ashling’s killer movements.

The Irish Sun can reveal yesterday gardai contacted the Tullamore Ambulance Service hotline after confirmation from CCTV that one of their vehicles was in the same area where Ashling was murdered.

The 23-year-old – who bravely fought a frantic attack by a stranger – lost her fight for her life last Wednesday after she was targeted in a random attack at the shore canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Since then, investigators have seized CCTV, taken dozens of witness statements and obtain DNA evidence from the scene.

But they are now examining the footage as part of their efforts to identify anyone acting suspiciously before the 23-year-old was targeted in the random attack.

The ambulance service’s chief executive officer, David Hall, confirmed the dashcam footage of the ambulance was being examined by officers.

Mr Hall said: “We have been contacted by the gardener, who requested dashcam footage from a specific vehicle in the area at the time of this horrific crime.

“We are fully cooperating with gardai and the footage has been delivered to them.”


On Monday, officers issued an appeal urging the public to proceed if they recall seeing a man in a black tracksuit on a Falcon Storm mountain bike on the day Ashling was killed. attack.

Police said in a statement: “Do you see a man wearing a black tracksuit (no hood), the bottom of a black tracksuit with a large white stripe or white lettering on the side. edge and jogger black it?

“Did you see this man walking in the Tullamore area? Would you lift this man up on the evening of January 12, 2022?

“Have you noticed this man loitering in any location or engaging in any activity that catches your attention?”

Police also urged people not to share information regarding possible suspects.

They said: “A Garda Síochána urges people to STOP sharing these messages.

“Not only are they misinformed, inaccurate and dangerous, but they are also useless for criminal investigations. If you have information relevant to this criminal investigation, you should contact the investigation team. check at Tullamore.” The moment the father of three was handcuffed and arrested at the hospital as the prime suspect in the murder of Ashling Murphy

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