On Wednesday January 12, 2022, Ashling Murphy, a 22 year old teacher was assaulted along a canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly in Ireland. She was stabbed to death around 4 p.m. while jogging. A talented musician, Ashling Murphy worked at the Durrow National School. Also, this jogging route where the victim was assaulted was popular.
Police in charge of the case believe the suspect is not from the area and that he attacked Ashling Murphy very randomly, according to The Sun. Moreover, the man in his forties was arrested after this incident. Other walkers and joggers witnessed the attack. This greatly facilitated the apprehension of the suspect in question. Police also believe the victim and her attacker did not know each other, according to The Sun.
Yet the canal is peaceful and calm
Many people witnessed the attack. “This is a completely random attack on a young woman who had just gone out for her jogging at night,” a source told The Sun. Moreover, residents claim that this place is usually calm and peaceful. “During the pandemic, it allowed us to stay sane, because it is a place where we can walk near the canal, it is so peaceful and pleasant on a beautiful sunny day like today” Councilor Declan Harvey told the Irish Sun.
Declan Harvey did not fail to share his fears in the face of this situation, especially on possible attacks in the future. An anxiety that many people who use this channel certainly share.
Ashling Murphy © The Sun