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'Be Careful' Justice Minister Helen McEntee warns public not to discuss Ashling Murphy murder case

She said that we must place our 'trust' in gardaí and criminal justice system and refrain from sharing messages, images, videos, and opinions that might jeopardise the case

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee (Niall Carson/PA)

Justice Minister Helen McEntee (Niall Carson/PA)

Justice Minister Helen McEntee (Niall Carson/PA)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has warned the public to avoid commenting on the Ashling Murphy murder case on social media.

Last night, 31-year-old Jozef Puska was charged with the schoolteacher’s murder at Cappincur in Tullamore on Wednesday of last week.

The young woman was fatally assaulted while out jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore on January 12th.

Mr Puska, a Slovakian national with an address at Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co, Offaly, is remanded in custody until January 26th to Cloverhill District Court.

Speaking about last night’s murder charge, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee called on the public to not to comment on the case as it is now sub judice, meaning that it is under consideration by a judge and is prohibited from public discussion.

She said that we must place our “trust” in gardaí and criminal justice system and refrain from sharing messages, images, videos, and opinions that might jeopardise the case.

“What I would say is here, we need to be careful what we all say, be it on social media or otherwise. We need to make sure that we allow the criminal justice system to work and that we allow the gardaí to do their job,” she told RTÉ Radio’s Today with Claire Byrne.

“I think we all need to be very careful. This has gone to the courts. We have a process that has started and it’s just really important that people allow that process to take its course.

“We all have a responsibility here. We need to make sure that we are careful and that we don’t share messages, that we don’t comment in ways that we shouldn’t. That means not sharing images, not doing anything that might jeopardise the process itself.

“This has been a hugely traumatic week for so many people but we do need to have faith in the criminal justice system,” she added.

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