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Ashling Murphy: Trial of Jozef Puska to begin later this month

The trial is estimated to take over six weeks in total.

The trial of a man accused of murdering Ashling Murphy in January 2022 is due to open before a jury later this month. The Central Criminal Court began hearing pre-trial legal arguments before Mr Justice Tony Hunt yesterday, which are expected to last for two weeks.

A jury will then be sworn in, and the trial is presumed to go on for approximately six weeks in total. 

Friends and family members of Ms Murphy were in court when the decision was announced to begin with pre-trial legal arguments.

Slovakian national Jozef Puska (32), with an address at Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co. Offaly, is charged with the murder of Ms Murphy at Cappincur, Tullamore on the afternoon of January 12 last year. 

Ashling Murphy had recently graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and was working in Durrow National School when she was fatally assaulted.

News of Ms Murphy’s passing in 2022 caught international attention, with vigils taking place across the country and further afield.

Since her death, attention has been drawn to the violence against women in Ireland, with a number of demonstrations, protests, and so on, taking place for International Women’s Day and around other murders.

Limerick Voice will report on the trial as we hear more information. Keep up to date on our website and social media accounts.

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