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Convicted murderer Jozef Puska undergoes psychiatric treatment behind bars 

Convicted murderer Jozef Puska, found guilty in the Ashling Murphy case, is undergoing psychiatric treatment behind bars at Cloverhill Prison ahead of his sentencing at the Central Criminal Court.

The 33-year-old Slovakian, held in isolation and under constant surveillance, had previously attempted suicide before testifying in his trial. Sources indicate that Puska’s safety concerns led to the decision to keep him separated from other inmates. He has received a psychiatric assessment as part of standard procedure for serious offenders facing a lengthy prison term.

Puska, facing a mandatory life sentence, is expected to be transferred to Mountjoy Prison post-sentencing. Authorities have emphasised his imprisonment in Ireland, ruling out any transfer to Slovakia. The shocking murder of 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy has garnered widespread attention, causing embarrassment in Puska’s native Slovakia. Unlike Ireland, a life sentence in Slovakia typically means incarceration until death, with parole eligibility after 25 years and clemency being a rare possibility.

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