Irish Police Arrest Suspect in Teacher Ashling Murphy’s Murder

Irish police on Jan. 18 arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder over the death of primary school teacher Ashling Murphy.

Police arrested the man after he was deemed medically fit to be discharged from St. James’ Hospital in Dublin, where he presented himself on Jan. 13 with unexplained injuries, some of which were self-inflicted.

Police said the man is currently detained in Tullamore Garda Station where the murder investigation is taking place.

Police can question the suspect for 24 hours after which he must be charged or released.

According to reports, the suspect has links with county Offaly and south Dublin but has also lived abroad.

The arrest came hours after Murphy’s funeral service where hundreds, including Irish President Michael Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, gathered in her honor.

Murphy, 23, was strangled in a canal path in the town of Tullamore while she was out jogging last Jan. 12.

Bishop Thomas Deenihan of Meath said at the funeral that “a depraved act of violence” that killed Murphy had united Ireland in grief.

Deenihan also said that the killing had the country questioning “ourselves and of society” and of attitudes towards women.

“Whether those questions will be addressed or passed over remains to be seen, but we cannot allow such violence and disregard for both human life and bodily integrity to take root in our time and culture,” Deenihan said, as quoted by The Guardian.

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