Jozef Puska appears in court charged with murder of Ashling Murphy

Jozef Puska was arrested on Tuesday and was under questioning by police

Jozef Puska, 31, is led in to Tullamore District Court where he is charged with the murder of Irish teacher Ashling Murphy who was found dead after going for a run along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly last Wednesday (January 12)

A 31-year-old man Jozef Puska appeared in court tonight charged with the murder of 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy in Ireland.

Another man in his 30s who was arrested today has been released without charge.

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Jozef Puska, who was arrested on Tuesday, appeared before a special sitting of Tullamore District Court at 8.15pm tonight. Following his court appearance, he was remanded into custody at Cloverhill Prison.

Puska was heckled as he was brought from a Garda car to a special sitting of Tullamore District Court in County Offaly on Wednesday evening.

The man, reportedly Slovakian, was being questioned in Tullamore, the town where Ashling was killed last week, as the main suspect in her death. 

Jozef Puska, who was arrested on Tuesday, appeared before a special sitting of Tullamore District Court at 8.15pm tonight

A file is to be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Earlier today, police announced the arrest of another man over the murder of Ms Murphy. He was being held at a police station in the Eastern Region of Ireland on suspicion of withholding information from police, but has been released.

Ashling was strangled to death as she jogged along a canal path in Tullamore on the evening of January 12, with her body found on the path the same day. 

A crowd of around 40 people walked along the canal on Wednesday, close to where her body was found, to mark one week since her murder.

Puska was heckled as he was brought from a Garda car to a special sitting of Tullamore District Court in County Offaly on Wednesday evening

On Tuesday, large crowds gathered in the village of Mountbolus and outside St Brigid’s Church, where her funeral was held.

It comes just one day after the 23-year-old schoolteacher was laid to rest in her native Offaly.

At her funeral service in Mountbolus this morning she was remembered as a kind, talented, loved and admired young woman.

Her First-Class pupils from Durrow National School formed a guard of honor outside the church, and each held a red rose and a photo of their teacher as the cortege arrived.