Jury Return To Ashling Murphy Murder Trial Deliberations

After receiving further direction regarding aspects of the evidence the jury were sent for deliberations.

The jury in the Ashling Murphy murder trial has been continuing its deliberations. 

It's discussing a verdict for 33-year-old Jozef Puska, of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Offaly, who denies murdering Ms. Murphy in Tullamore on January 12th, 2022. 

The jury of 9 men and 3 women were given brief instructions this morning by trial judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt on a number of issues.

He said they must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Jozef Puska was ‘the author’ of the stab wounds to Ashling Murphy’s neck – and that his intention was to kill or cause serious injury.

Mr Justice Hunt clarified to jurors that serious injury means creating a substantial risk that the victim may day.

The jury was then retired at 10:51 this morning to resume its deliberations.

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