Police make new arrest over Ashling Murphy murder: Man is held a day after Slovakian father-of-three was taken into custody as he left hospital
Police have arrested a second man over the murder of teacher Ashling Murphy.
The man, in his 30s, is being held at a police station in the Eastern Region of Ireland on suspicion of withholding information from police.
It comes a day after another man, a 31-year-old Slovakian, was also arrested as he was discharged from hospital in Dublin.
That man is now being questioned in Tullamore, the town where Ashling was killed, as the main suspect – amid reports that police are confident of pressing charges.
A decision over whether to charge him is due to be made today.
Ashling was strangled to death as she jogged along a canal path in Tullamore on the evening of January 12, with her body found the same day.
Police say the 23-year-old, a primary school teacher and talented musician, tried to fight off her attacker using a set of keys before being killed.
Detectives put out an appeal for information including to hospitals, with doctors told to look out for anyone arriving with ‘suspicious’ injuries.
That led them to a ward in Dublin, where a man had checked in Thursday with stab wounds he claimed were inflicted in a fight in the west of the city.
Officers, who believe some of the wounds were self inflicted, questioned the man – and on Tuesday arrested him as their main suspect.
The arrest came the same day as Ashling’s funeral, with police saying their hand was forced because the man had been discharged and they were afraid of losing him.