THE trial for the murder of Ashling Murphy will begin in two weeks.
Pre-trial proceedings began yesterday at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.
Josef Puska (32), of Lynally Grove, in Mucklagh, County Offaly, is charged with murdering the 23-year-old.
Ms Murphy, who worked as a teacher, was attacked while she was out running in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, in January last year.
A popular teacher, who taught first class pupils in Durrow National School, also known as Scoil Naomh Colmcille, she was well-known in traditional music circles and a member of her local Comhaltas group.
The pre-trial proceedings now underway are due to take two weeks to complete, at which point a jury will be sworn in for the murder trial – which is expected to last a total of six weeks.
The trial will begin later this month, during which a Slovakian translator will be provided for Mr Puska.