Man guilty of murdering Irish teacher Ashling Murphy while she was out on a run

The 23-year-old was killed while out jogging in January last year.

Man guilty of murdering Irish teacher Ashling Murphy while she was out on a run
Jozef Puska, 33, in the dock at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, accused of killing teacher Ashling Murphy, who was killed while exercising along a canal walkway in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on January 12 2022. Picture date: Thursday November 2, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Murphy. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Josef Puska had denied murdering the 23-year-old teacher (Picture: PA)

A man has been found guilty of murdering Irish primary school teacher Ashling Murphy, who was killed while jogging in January last year.

Josef Puska, 33, was convicted of the crime following a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

Jurors were told the father-of-five had dragged Ms Murphy, 23, off a canal towpath and into dense hedges before he stabbed her 12 times.

The killing of the talented musician shocked the small town of Tullamore, Co Offaly, where her body was discovered on January 12.

Her pupils at Durrow National School, located around five miles from the town, formed a guard of honour outside the church where her funeral was held less than a week later.

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