One of the teenage boys found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel has sacked his lawyers ahead of an appeal against his conviction, which was due to take place yesterday.
The 15-year-old, referred to in court as Boy B, was unanimously found guilty last June of murdering the "lonely and vulnerable" schoolgirl and was sentenced to 15 years' detention, to be reviewed after eight years.
Boy A and Boy B, whose identities cannot be published, were only 13 when they murdered 14-year-old Ana in May 2018.
Boy B lured her from her home, knowing that his friend was waiting to attack her in a derelict house in St Catherine's Park, Lucan.
He gave several different versions of events to gardai, but eventually admitted seeing Boy A attacking Ana.
The pair were unanimously found guilty of murder by a Central Criminal Court jury last June.
Boy A was also convicted of Ana's aggravated sexual assault in a manner that involved serious violence.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a review after 12 years, and eight years' imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault.
Boy B initially appealed against his conviction only, meaning no appeal was sought against the sentence.
The Court of Appeal had fixed yesterday as the hearing date for Boy B's conviction appeal.
However, he has since dismissed his legal team and has sought the services of a new team of lawyers. They will be seeking a new date for hearing in due course.
The earliest possible release date for Boy B is June 2027.
Sentencing the boys last year, Mr Justice McDermott said their first period in detention would last until they were 18, when they will be transferred to an adult facility.
He ordered that reports on the boys' engagement with educational, psychological and psychiatric services be prepared to assist those taking over their custody.
Reports should then be prepared at two-year intervals, chronicling what has happened, which would be available to the courts at the time of their review.
After the boys' transfer to adult prisons in 2022, reports should be submitted in 2024, 2026 and 2028, he said.
How they faced up to their culpability would be a factor in how long they would be detained, the judge added.