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06 Jul 2022

New solicitor to represent man accused of Ashling Murphy murder

New solicitor to represent man accused of Ashling Murphy murder

The man charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy first appeared in court in Tullamore back in January PICTURE: Ger Rogers

A new solicitor has been appointed to represent the man accused of the murder of Offaly woman Ashling Murphy. 

Jozef Puska (31), of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, is charged with murdering the 23-year-old primary school teacher at Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on the afternoon of January 12, 2022. 

He is scheduled to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in June next year.

At a brief hearing at the same court today (Friday), an application from defence solicitors Padraig Langsch & Co to come on record in the case was granted by Mr Justice Paul McDermott after prosecution counsel Anne-Marie Lawlor SC informed the judge that the Director of Public Prosecutions did not object to the request.

Mr Puska was not present in court for today’s hearing. 

Ms Murphy had been jogging along a path at the side of the Grand Canal in Tullamore when she was fatally assaulted. 

At a previous hearing on April 25, defence barrister Rebecca Smith BL told the court her client required a Slovakian interpreter for future court appearances. 

The trial, which will begin on June 6, 2023, is expected to last three to four weeks. 

Ms Murphy, a talented traditional Irish musician and recent graduate from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, was working as a teacher at Durrow National School at the time of her death. 

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