A man has been charged at Tullamore District Court with the murder of Ashling Murphy in Co Offaly.

31-year-old Jozef Puska, with an address at Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Tullamore, was brought before a special sitting at the court last evening.

He was remanded in custody for a week.

Ms Murphy, a 23-year-old school teacher, was attacked while out running on the Grand Canal at Cappincur in Tullamore, just before 4pm last Wednesday.

Ashling Murphy died last week

A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse as Mr Puska was brought in by detectives.

Detective Sergeant David Scahill gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

Defence Solicitor Eoin Lysaght applied for free legal aid and for the services of an interpreter going forward for all hearings and consultations.

He told the court that when he charged him with the murder of Ms Murphy, Mr Puska replied "no".

A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse tonight (RollingNews.ie)

Mr Puska, he said, was a Slovakian national who was on €200 a week. He also handed in a statement of means to the court.

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

Meanwhile, a second man, who was arrested yesterday morning under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939, has been released without charge.

Gardaí say a file will be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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