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Monday 24 September 2018

Boy (13) charged with Ana murder hugs parents in court

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel

The second boy charged with the murder of schoolgirl Ana Kriegel was tightly hugged and kissed by his parents before he was led away from court yesterday.

The 13-year-old, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was further remanded in custody for two weeks while the book of evidence is prepared.

The teenager is accused of murdering 14-year-old Ana at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan, on May 14.

Her body was found at the disused farmhouse in west Dublin three days after she was reported missing. The boy has been held in custody at the Oberstown detention centre in north Dublin since July 12.

He faced his fourth hearing in relation to the allegation before Judge John Cheatle at the Children's Court yesterday morning. The teenager was accompanied to court by his solicitor and his parents for the brief hearing.

He was further remanded in custody to appear before the Children's Court again on August 28. A book of evidence is being prepared by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). A State solicitor said it was not yet ready and she asked for an adjournment of two weeks.

Defence solicitor David Powderly said there was consent to the adjournment and Judge Cheatle further remanded the boy. Wearing black jeans and a pink hoodie, the boy was greeted by his mother when he walked into the courtroom.

He smiled and looked pleased to see his parents. The boy's mother smiled back, tenderly held his face in her hands and kissed him. She sat beside him in the dock, and clasped his hands during the short but emotional hearing.

After he was remanded in custody, the couple hugged their son tightly, again kissing him and tenderly touching his face. The boy hugged his parents back.

At the first hearing on July 12, Detective Sergeant Damien Gannon gave evidence of arresting the boy at his home that morning before he was charged at Lucan Garda Station. He had said the boy "made no reply to the charge after caution".

Anastasia Kriegel left her home in Leixlip, Co Kildare, at around 5pm on May 14. However, she did not come home and gardai were alerted by her family. Her body was found three days later.

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