A MURDER probe has been launched after a woman was attacked to death along the canal in Co Offaly yesterday.
The violent attack happened around 4 p.m. in Cappincur, Tullamore.
It is understood that the 23-year-old local woman was a teacher exercising along a popular route when she was targeted.
Gardai believes the suspect – believed to be from outside the area – Random and gratuitous attacks.
A man in his 40s was arrested following the incident.
It is understood the attack was witnessed by other pedestrians.
The staff were pleased that the victim and her attacker did not know each other. Suspects can be detained for 24 hours before being released or charged.
An autopsy has yet to be performed on the young woman’s body.
A source said: ‘This was a completely random attack on a young woman who had just gone out for an evening jog.
“It was also a very violent attack and the young woman was seriously injured.”
The woman’s family has been informed of the murder and a Garda family liaison officer has been appointed.
A case conference was held on the shocking murder at Tullamore Garda station last night.
Meanwhile, local councilor Declan Harvey, who uses the canal as his regular exercise route, told the Irish Sun: “Through the pandemic, we’ve all been healthy because of it. is the place for a walk by the canal, so peaceful and pleasant on a sunny day like today.
“I don’t know how well it will be used after today’s tragedy, how many people will use it, how people will feel on it, I don’t know.
“I’ll be scared when my wife goes down there on her own now.
I just can’t take the lead around it. Let this happen on a bright, sunny Wednesday evening at four o’clock.
“I wanted to send my condolences to the family, I just couldn’t help it. As this happened on a bright, sunny Wednesday evening at four o’clock.
“I’m surprised this place doesn’t have many people.
“It’s heartbreaking for both the family and the people of Tullamore.
“It was shocking, the neighbors around me were all shocked, some of them panicked when they took their children down there for a walk.
“God help the family it’s unbelievable that the poor girl was out for a run and the family had to receive this news tonight, so heartbreaking.”
Gardai urges anyone with any information to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8196598/teacher-murder-probe-fatally-attacked-offaly-canal/ The murder investigation is launched after the young female teacher fatally attacked along the Offaly Canal while exercising in broad daylight.