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Jozef Puksa, 31, was arrested earlier this week after the musician and teacher’s body was found on the banks of a canal near the town of Tullamore in central Ireland on January 12.

The killing has touched a nerve with many women in Ireland and beyond, with Ms Murphy was targeted when she was out jogging in the afternoon.

Ashling Murphy
A 31-year-old Slovakian national has been charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy. (Supplied)

Vigils have been held across the European Union country — as well as in cities like London and New York — calling for more to be done to combat violence against women.

Bishop Tom Deenihan told mourners that the killing was a “depraved act of violence” that united the country in grief.

Irish Premier Micheal Martin and President Michael Higgins were among the huge crowds who gathered for the funeral in the small village of Mountbolus.

The court heard that when the charge was put to the Mr Puska, he replied “no”, the BBC reported.

Ashling Murphy’s family and mourners walk behind the hearse as it leaves St Brigid’s Church earlier this week. (AP)

The judge presiding over the case remanded Mr Puska in custody and he will appear again on 26 January.

A second man in his 30s who was arrested earlier this week has also been released without charge.

The 23-year-old was a primary school teacher and a talented musician. (AP)

Ireland’s justice minister has said she planned to publish a new national strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in the coming months.

Source: 9News

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