Man (23) charged with girl's murder


A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged yesterday with the murder of a young Galway woman, whose body was found in a derelict house in Ballsbridge, Dublin last month.

The man, who is from Dublin, is due to appear before Dublin District Court at 10.30 a.m. today.

He was arrested early yesterday and detained for questioning for a number of hours under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in connection with the death of 17-year-old Ms Niamh Murphy.

The young woman had been living rough in Dublin for up to a year before her death, having left the home of her adoptive parents in Salthill, Galway.

She had been involved in petty crime and had also lived in an assortment of hostels and other abandoned properties in Galway before moving to Dublin.

When she moved to Dublin she fell into the company of vagrants living around the city centre and had been staying on and off in a derelict house on Pembroke Road, in Ballsbridge, where her body was found on May 10th. She had been murdered with a pair of garden shears from the house.

The Pembroke Road house was used as a squat by a number of homeless people, who were interviewed by gardaí in the course of their investigations.

Ms Murphy's adoptive family is well known and respected in Galway, where her father, Mr Ted Murphy, works as a supermarket manager.