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09th Nov 2023

Jozef Puska found guilty of Ashling Murphy’s murder

Stephen Porzio

Jozef Puska

The jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict.

Jozef Puska has been found guilty of the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Ms Murphy, a 23-year-old primary school teacher and traditional Irish musician, was attacked and killed while out jogging along the canal bank at Cappincur in Tullamore, Offaly on the afternoon of 12 January last year.

RTÉ News reports that on Thursday afternoon (9 November), jurors at the Central Criminal Court reached a unanimous guilty verdict for Puska, 33, following a murder trial that lasted around three weeks.

Jozef PuskaCandles being lit at a vigil for Ashling Murphy

The outlet also states that the judge for the trial, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, will hear impact statements from Ms Murphy’s family before sentencing Puska.

In Ireland, murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

Puska, who is originally from Slovakia, had pleaded not guilty to the crime.

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