A man charged with the murder of a 23-year-old primary school teacher in Co Offaly earlier this month has been remanded in continuing custody for another two weeks pending formal directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Jozef Puska, 31, with an address of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, was remanded in custody last week following a special sitting of Tullamore District Court.

He is accused of killing Ashling Murphy, who was attacked while out running along the Grand Canal near Tullamore on 12 January.

Mr Puska, who has been granted legal aid, appeared before Judge Victor Blake via video link at Cloverhill District Court this morning.

He removed his facemask and spoke briefly to state his name and confirm he could see and hear the proceedings.

He listened with the assistance of an interpreter.

Judge Blake noted the charge and asked if the DPP's directions were available.

Court Garda sergeant Olwyn Murphy said they were not, and asked for a four-week adjournment to prepare the file.

Defence solicitor Roy O’Neill said: "There is consent to two weeks only at this stage".

Judge Blake told Mr Puska he was further remanded in custody to appear again on 9 February, "for formal DPP directions". He also noted that an interpreter would be required on the next date.