Gardai, who is investigating the murder of Ashling Murphy, has identified a man of interest in the case and is waiting to speak to him after he has been treated for multiple injuries.
The Irish Times understands that the man has been treated in a hospital in the east of the country and detectives plan to speak to the man while he is in interview position. The man was undergoing treatment at the hospital on Friday, although his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. While they waited to speak to him, he was being monitored by the guards.
Gardai, who is investigating the murder, believes he now has vital forensic evidence he can crosscheck against any suspects he has identified in the coming days and weeks. Garda sources expressed confidence about the progress in the investigation over the past 24 hours, despite the arrest and subsequent release of a Gardaí man, who has said he had no involvement in the crime and was left out of the investigation. .
Sources in Garda said members of the public are contacting the investigative team to assist with the investigation into the murder of Ms. Murphy on the outskirts of Tullamore, Co., on Wednesday afternoon.
The same sources said a lot of valuable evidence was collected and corroborated on Thursday and the arrested man was completely cleared out of the investigation.
A Garda source described the public perception as “false” that the first days of the investigation were doomed as much significant progress had been made, particularly with forensic evidence and other objects found by Garda.
A key feature of the investigation now focuses on the forensic evidence left at the murder scene and the origins of the Falcon mountain bikes found by officers. Gardai believes that some people in Tullamore know who owns the bike and that CCTV footage collected from around Tullamore was being studied to identify the bike and the person using it.
Gardai, who is investigating, believes the bike – a Falcon Storm mountain bike with yellow and green forks – may be linked to the murder. If not, they need to eliminate the bike and its owner from their investigation. However, detectives suspect the bike is linked to the murder of Blueball, a 23-year-old National School teacher from Tullamore.
The crime scene at Boland’s Lock, Capincur on the Grand Canal Towpath, about 3km east of Tullamore, was closed on Friday and forensic investigations were still underway. The clothes Ms Murphy was wearing have also been examined.
The bike is in the possession of Gardai and has not been recovered from the canal. When it was found, it was dry and it was forensic examination.
everything is possible
Taoiseach Michael Martin has stated that the Gardai are “doing everything they possibly can” and are using all their resources to find the man responsible for the deadly attack on Ashling Murphy.
Mr Martin was asked on Friday what he would say to the community and country that may be concerned that the perpetrator may still be on the run.
“This is, of course, a matter of concern to the people of Tullamore and to people across the country in general. Gardai is doing everything they can and [using[ all of their resources to protect people and to make sure people are safe, but also to find the person responsible for this and to bring that person to justice. I can say that without hesitation, that every effort will be made [to] bring [that] For justice and to keep people safe in the intervening period.”
Mr Martin said he had “private talks” with Ms Murphy’s family yesterday. “I wanted everyone across the country to express their solidarity with him on behalf of the people, and our devastation over the fact that a beautiful young woman has been taken from their lives.”
Earlier Justice Minister Helen McEntee said that “absolutely everything that can be done is being done” to bring to justice the killer of Ashling Murphy.
a notice on RIP.ie said Ms Murphy “will be sadly missed by her grieving family” which includes her father Raymond, mother Kathleen, brother Cathal, sister Amy, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family as well as neighbors and friends.
Ms. Murphy was from the townland of Blueball, Tullamore. She had previously played camouflage for Offley and was a talented musician. One of three siblings, she came from a family known for traditional music in the Midlands.
Several vigils are being held Friday afternoon at locations across the republic, including Tullamore Town Park at 4 p.m., to remember Ms Murphy and call for an end to male-to-female violence.
A national women’s council of Ireland was scheduled to begin outside Dublin’s Del ireann at 4 p.m. – about the time Ms Murphy was murdered on Wednesday – for an hour. Vigils were planned at 6 pm at Arthur Quay Park in Limerick, 4 pm at Belfast City Hall, 4 pm at Derry’s Guildhall and at 9.30 am at Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Saturday.
The books of condolence have been opened for Ms. Murphy.
In a statement on Thursday night, Gardai confirmed that “the man arrested and detained by En Garda Ciochana, who is investigating this deadly attack, has now been released from this detention.”
“This man has been removed from the Garda interrogation and is no longer a suspect.”
‘A woman’s worst nightmare’
Speaking to Midlands 103 radio this morning, Ms McEnty said: “I spoke to the Garda commissioner this morning, in constant contact with them, to ensure that [the force has] Whatever they need, whatever is needed to do this investigation and find out who did this to Ashling and bring them to justice.”
Ms McEnty declined to discuss any details of the investigation, but said: “What is important here is that Gardai is able to conduct his own investigation.”
She said the investigation involved “connecting with people, it’s interviewing, it’s gathering evidence where possible, it’s forensic evidence where possible, which thankfully has been central to cases in recent years.” Done, this is a fresh call for people to come. Forward if you have any kind of information. . . “
He reiterated Garda’s call to come forward if he had any information about specific mountain bikes, adding that if anyone had dashcam footage that might “may be happening” they should come forward. needed.
Dr Pat Leahy, Dublin’s former assistant Garda commissioner, said the investigation could go in “many directions”.
In an interview with Today With Claire Byrne on RT Radio 1, Dr. Leahy said the investigation into Ms. Murphy’s death so far shows all signs of a professional commitment to the pursuit of evidence and the pursuit of truth.
Dr Lehi stressed that investigations are not “linear processes” and that “round the clock” investigative activities always continue in such cases, even if a suspect is being questioned.
He insisted there was “an elaborate web of Garda activity” going on in relation to the killing that shook the country.
Dr Lehi urged the public to come forward with information on the matter, even if they believe it to be modest in importance.