Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of Murdering School Teacher Ashling Murphy

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The man accused of murdering Ashling Murphy will stand trial in June 2023.

Jozef Puska, with an address at Lynally Grove in Tullamore, Co Offaly, appeared via video link before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old primary school teacher, was killed while out for a run along the grand canal in Tullamore on the afternoon of January 12th.

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The Slovakian made his first district court appearance once week later after being charged with her murder.

Today, the 31-year-old appeared before the Central Criminal Court for the first time through a live video link.

During this morning’s brief hearing, a trial date was set for June 6th next year and the judge was told it was likely to take up 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 in Co. Offaly at the time of her death.