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Saturday 24 August 2019

Ana's teen murderers to get 'edited versions' of probation reports

The body of Ana Kriegel was found in an old farmhouse
The body of Ana Kriegel was found in an old farmhouse

Ana Kriegel's killers are to be given edited versions of each other's probation reports ahead of sentencing.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that only five journalists will be allowed to attend the sentence hearing on October 29.

Trial judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott made the orders yesterday as he was given an update on the case.

The killers, known as Boy A and Boy B, were found guilty last month of the murder of Ana (14) at an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

The boys, who were just 13 years old at the time of Ana's murder, had denied the offences.

Gerardine Small, prosecuting, said she was asking the court to allow Boy A and Boy B to be given edited versions of each other's probation reports, but "only the parts that deal exclusively with the offences", and not anything pertaining to personal circumstances.

Patrick Gageby, for Boy A, and Damien Colgan, for Boy B, said they had no objections.

Ms Small also applied for the same edited versions of the reports to be furnished to the lead investigator in the case - the prosecuting Garda inspector.

The judge made the order and said the reports were to be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Brendan Grehan, also for the prosecution, then said the court had previously intimated some restrictions on the media.

He said he had mentioned it to ensure the smooth running of events at the sentence hearing.

Mr Justice McDermott said no more than five members of the media should be present in the court for sentencing, for reasons relating to the "nature of the hearing and the appropriate environment".

Unusual

He said he was asking people to observe this and that the Courts Service would be in contact with the media about it.

Mr Justice McDermott said that it was "not an unusual or extraordinary" order by the court and that it was frequently done in the district court.

He said steps could be taken to provide an overflow facility via video link in a room in another "area of the building" which would function as an extension to the Central Criminal Court.

There would be further directions in relation to the accommodation of everyone else, he said.

The boys are in custody on remand at Oberstown Detention Centre, pending sentencing.

Last week, Mr Grehan said the probation reports had been prepared, but the parties had not yet seen them.

Mr Grehan said Ana's parents had prepared a victim impact statement, which will be delivered at the sentence hearing.

The judge had also ordered psychiatrists' reports, school reports and any other available reports, saying he was "seeking professional assistance" in relation to this very difficult case.

Ana's body was found by gardai in Glenwood House, a derelict farm building, in Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan, at 1pm on May 17, 2018.

She had been reported missing by her parents, Patric and Geraldine Kriegel, three days earlier.

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