Ashling Murphy murder: ‘He’s totally defamed,’ solicitor says former suspect goes into hiding for his own safety

A man wrongfully arrested on suspicion of killing Ashling Murphy has gone into hiding for his own safety.

The 40-year-old was released from Garda custody last night after detectives concluded he had been mistakenly identified as the man who attacked the Offley schoolteacher.

It is understood that the man, who was arrested soon after the 23-year-old’s body was found along a popular jogging route in Tullamore on Wednesday evening, has consistently denied any involvement in his death while in Garda custody.

However, his name and image were widely circulated in social media and messaging apps.

The man was brought to a safe house after being released last night.

Speaking to the Irish Independent today, his lawyer Donal Farrelly said the person’s life has been “unbearable” since the online identity.

Mr Farrelly of Donal Farrelly & Company solicitors also said that people cannot forget what happened to Ashling Murphy, but that his client was unfairly “slandered” by people.

“does not show the critical importance of the estimate of innocence.

“That is the most important thing to come out of this, and we have to keep that in mind.

“It is a terrible tragedy what happened to this woman, what happened to her and her family, but this man has been maligned on social media.

“Absolutely infamous, and everyone clearly identified who he was on social media.”

He added: “It has made life unbearable for him, I would say.

“It’s horrible—the amount of hurt, and anger, and anger about him on social media is appalling.”

In a statement released just before 11 p.m. last night, Gardai confirmed that the man had been “expired” from their interrogation and “is no longer a suspect”.

It is understood that the evidence collected by the detectives was sent to Forensic Science Ireland and no link was found to the person.

The shock developed when officials had previously said they were only looking for one person in connection with the attack.

This morning, Gardai issued another urgent appeal for information on the bike of interest to its investigation.

The bike is a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green colored front forks.

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Appealing to any info on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with Gardai straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks

They are appealing to anyone who was in the Capincur/Canal Walk area of ​​Tullamore, County Offaly, before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, to contact them.

Gardai said the 23-year-old woman was the victim of a sudden attack at the hands of someone she knew.

It is not yet clear in which direction the investigation will go.

Gardai has appealed to the public to come forward with information regarding the murder that has shocked the nation.

It is being told that the popular musician died due to strangulation in the postmortem on Thursday.

Two women witnessed part of the attack, which took place on a popular jogging route in Tullamore.

Detectives believe other people hanging out may have seen Murphy or her attacker in the area around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The path running along the Grand Canal is known locally as the Fiona Way, in memory of Fiona Pender, who disappeared from the city more than 25 years ago.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris visited Tullamore Garda station hours before deciding to release the former suspect.

He told the officials that whatever resources are needed for the investigation will be provided.

I have attempted to reassure people that such crimes are “relatively rare” in Irish society.

Justice Minister Helen McEnty described the killing as “absolutely devastating”.

“I say it’s every woman’s worst nightmare because we shouldn’t, women take precautions and unfortunately it happens that women don’t always feel safe.

“Ashling went out to run in broad daylight, she went to an area that was populated, she went to an area that we’ve heard from a lot of people locally, people feel safe.

“Nevertheless, it has happened For her, that’s why it’s every woman’s worst nightmare,” she said.

“More generally, the issue we face now that we are feeling safe around women, we need to make sure that we listen to it and that we take all of this on board, that as a society we are dealing with this issue. Let’s come together to tackle it.”

Gardai appeals for anyone who has information, who hasn’t already spoken to investigators, to come forward now.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.