A statement on behalf of Ashling’s mother, Kathleen, detailed the heartbreaking discovery of her untouched dinner on the night of her death. Amy Murphy, in her court statement, described the family’s continued practice of setting the table for five, emphasizing that Puska would not live rent-free in her mind.

Trial Judge Mr. Justice Tony Hunt, in delivering the mandatory life sentence, expressed that if given the authority to impose a minimum term, it would be a substantial one