Jozef Puska has been found guilty of the murder of Ashling Murphy.
The 33-year-old of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly was mostly unmoved in the dock and had his head down as the verdict was delivered this afternoon.
Friends and family of Ashling Murphy applauded as the Jury was dismissed by Mr Justice Tony Hunt
Jozef Puska has been found GUILTY of the murder of Ashling Murphy.
— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) November 9, 2023
The jury of nine men and three women was sent out for deliberations yesterday afternoon; however, the jurors were sent home for the evening a short while later.
They resumed deliberation this morning and reached their verdict shortly after lunchtime.
Ashling’s Amy and boyfriend Ryan were in court alongside her parents Ray and Kathleen as the jury returned.
Amy could be seen looking to the sky as the unanimous verdict was called out, while Kathleen held a framed photo of her daughter in her arms.
Puska will now be handed the mandatory life sentence for murder.
His sentence hearing is due to take place next week.
This afternoon, Women's Aid welcomed the conviction – labelling the case a "shocking example" of the dangers faced by women.
The organisation said that while one man has been sentenced to jail today, it will not bring Ashling back or compensate for her "heart-rending" loss.
It noted that effective criminal justice sanctions are "vital", adding that it truly hopes the verdict can offer some measure of justice and closure to Ashling's loved ones.