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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Arrests expected as gardai await results of DNA samples in Ana murder probe

The body of murder victim Anastasia Kriegel (14) was found in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan last week Photo: Austin Crowe
The body of murder victim Anastasia Kriegel (14) was found in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan last week Photo: Austin Crowe

Arrests are expected this week in relation to the murder of Dublin teenager Anastasia Kriegel, the Herald has learned.

The naked body of the 14-year-old, known as Ana, was discovered in a derelict farmhouse around lunchtime last Thursday.

She had been reported missing the previous Monday.

It is believed she was sexually assaulted and died after being beaten over the head with a brick and sticks.

Gardai have launched a major investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death and have spoken to a number of people who may have been among the last to see Ana alive.

Attacked

They are also awaiting the results of DNA samples taken from the farmhouse and Ana's clothing, believing this to be potentially crucial in the progress of their investigation. Results of preliminary DNA tests were due back today.

A 13-year-old boy who was one of those spoken to by gardai, told them that he was attacked by two men close to the derelict farm where Ana was later murdered.

The boy was one of two teenagers traced by detectives after Ana's body was found in the disused premises on the Clonee Road in west Dublin.

The 13-year-old and his friend went to meet Ana in St Catherine's Park last Monday, hours before she was reported missing, according to sources. Both are understood to have spoken to detectives.

One of the boys has told gardai that he went with Ana to the derelict farm, a kilometre or so from St Catherine's Park, according to sources.

According to the boy's account, Ana left the area ahead of him, which was the last time he saw her.

He told gardai that as he went to leave the area, he was assaulted by two men and was injured.

Gardai are following up the boy's account and are trying to track down the two men he says attacked him. They are also examining blood found on the boy's clothing.

Ana left her family on Monday at around 5pm to go to St Catherine's Park and was reported missing by her parents three hours later.

Gardai believe that Ana was murdered on Monday evening. They suspect that she was sexually assaulted and killed by someone she knew.

Preliminary post-mortem examination results suggest she was beaten and died of blunt-force injuries.

Detectives are believed to have recovered items of Ana's clothing along with blood-spattered sticks and bricks, which they hope will provide them with crucial DNA evidence.

The boys are among several people who knew Ana who are speaking to gardai about her final moments.

Striking

Gardai have also been reaching out to her friends through their families, looking for their help in order to piece together her movements and who she was in contact with in her final days and hours.

Gardai are also examining Ana's mobile phone and social media accounts.

Adopted from Russia aged two, Ana has been described as a tall and striking girl who loved dancing and swimming. She was a first year student at a local secondary school.

Gardai have appealed to others who were in touch with Ana, or who might have some information about her plans for last Monday evening, to contact them at the investigation headquarters in Leixlip at 01 666 7800 or on the confidential number (1800 666111).

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