A Slovak citizen was found guilty of the murder of a 23-year-old teacher in central Ireland. The mandatory penalty in this case is life imprisonment.
The woman was murdered in January 2022 near Tullamore in central Ireland while jogging after school. The perpetrator, who did not know his victim and had never met him before, stabbed him 11 times.
Shortly after his arrest, he confessed to the murder, but later withdrew his statement. Neither the investigation nor the trial revealed the motives of the Slovak, who has five children. On Thursday, the jury unanimously found him guilty.
A high-profile murder shocked Ireland
Murphy’s murder received wide coverage in Ireland and drew attention to the country’s growing problem of violence against women. From the time her body was found until the day of her funeral, vigils in her memory were held throughout the country, and the funeral was attended by, among others, President Michael D. Higgins and then Prime Minister Micheal Martin.
The punishment will be announced at the meeting on November 17, but in the case of this type of crime, the mandatory penalty is life imprisonment.
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