Man Charged With Murder of Irish Teacher Ashling Murphy

Authorities on Jan. 19 charged a man in his 30s with the murder of primary school teacher Ashling Murphy during a brief hearing at a special sitting in court in Ireland.

Authorities charged Jozef Puska, 31, when he appeared at the Tullamore District Court.

Authorities said Puska, who had an address in Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Tullamore, is a Slovakian national living on €200 ($226) a week.

Detective Seargent David Scahill gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution of Puska in court.

Defense solicitor Eoin Lysaght applied for legal aid and for the services of an interpreter.

Judge Catherine Staines remanded Puska in custody to appear again at Clover Hill District Court on Jan. 26.

Police said they will prepare a file for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Police first arrested Puska on Jan. 18 after he was discharged from St. James’ Hospital in Dublin, where he presented himself on Jan. 13 with unexplained injuries, some of which were self-inflicted.

Earlier in the day, police released a second man in his 30s after arresting him in suspicion of withholding information from the police.

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