June trial date set for accused murderer of Ashling Murphy

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A man who is accused of murdering 23-year-old Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, appeared via live videolink on Mondayto hear the date set for his trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Jozef Puska, aged 31, has an address in Mucklagh, Co. Offaly and is charged with murdering the primary school teacher while she was jogging on Tullamore’s Grand Canal earlier this year, on January 12.

Mr Justice McDermott set the trial before a jury at the Central Criminal Court for June 6, 2023. The duration of the case is expected to be between three and four weeks.

Rallies took place across Ireland in national outcry at Ms Murphy’s fatal assault, prompting Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, to open a public consultation on the government’s third national strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, which was scheduled for publication in April, 2022.

Mr Puska, who was initially remanded in custody on January 19, was sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court on April 6, after being served with the book of evidence.

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