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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Boy A given life as Boy B gets 15 years over 'vicious' murder of tragic Ana

Ana Kriegel was murdered in May last year and her body was found inside an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan
Ana Kriegel was murdered in May last year and her body was found inside an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan

Two boys found guilty of the murder of schoolgirl Ana Kriegel have received separate sentences of life and 15 years.

The teenagers, who are now 15 years old, were found guilty in June of the murder of Ana Kriegel at an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

The boys are the youngest people in the history of the State to be convicted of murder.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul McDermott imposed a life sentence on Boy A, with a review after 12 years.

The judge also imposed a fixed sentence of eight years for Boy A's aggravated sexual assault of the schoolgirl, to run concurrently with the sentence for murder.

In relation to Boy B, Judge McDermott imposed a sentence of 15 years, which will be reviewed after eight years.

He backdated the sentences to a date in June when the teenagers were convicted of Ana's murder and when they were detained at Oberstown Detention Centre.

Derelict

The judge said reporting restrictions on identifying the boys remained in place.

He also offered his condolences to the Kriegel family.

The teenagers, who were just 13 at the time of the murder, had denied the offences.

Ana's body, naked apart from a pair of black socks, was found by gardai in a derelict farmhouse, Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, in Lucan at 1pm on May 17, 2018.

The 14-year-old had been reported missing by her parents Patric and Geraldine Kriegel three days earlier.

At last week's sentence hearing, the Central Criminal Court heard that Boy A now accepted he caused Ana's death but he still denied sexually assaulting her.

Boy B continued to maintain his innocence, the court heard, with his lawyer Damien Colgan SC saying his client did not accept the verdict of the jury.

In a victim impact statement, Ana's mother Geraldine said her daughter was "the love of our lives" and the "most wonderful child in the world".

She also said Ana was "wild and wonderful, electric, so full of fun, madness and laughter".

Yesterday, Judge McDermott said Ana's short life should not be defined by the crimes against her, as her life was greater than that.

He said she was a "lovely and loving child", who came from a loving family.

Her family was bereft at her loss, and the consequences of her death were "traumatic, devastating and lifelong".

Judge McDermott said Mrs Kriegel's victim impact statement had shown the deep love and joy Ana had brought to the family.

He had listened to it and re-read it and nothing could be added to the pain and sad truth of what she had said.

He said there was no solace for them in this process.

The judge said Ana's murder was of the "most serious, disturbing and shocking type".

He said Boy A and Boy B bore responsibility for Ana's murder. Notwithstanding their age, they were responsible for her death and must accept the consequences.

In sentencing the boys, he said any sentence must be proportionate and take into account the gravity of the crimes and the circumstances and age of the offenders.

He said the court must have particular regard to the prospect of rehabilitation, saying the boys were still very young and they may mature and develop into very different people as they grow older.

He said the psychological and psychiatric reports prepared on the teenagers had been of great assistance in determining a sentence.

Judge McDermott said both boys came from loving, stable and caring families, and their parents were hard-working, law-abiding people.

In relation to Boy A, Judge McDermott said the assault on Ana was "prolonged, callous and brutal". He also described it as "sustained and vicious".

The court heard Boy A had no history of a mental disorder.

Judge McDermott said Boy A now accepted responsibility for assaulting Ana, but said he was not satisfied that Boy A had told the truth as a good deal of what he had said had been self-serving.

Boy A told medical experts he had not intended to kill Ana and he claimed that there was initial consensual sexual activity, the judge noted.

Aggravating factors included Boy A's not guilty plea, his limited appreciation of the enormity of what he had done, and the fact he did not accept there had been any planning or preparation.

Other aggravating factors included Boy A's lies about his involvement in Ana's death and the story he'd invented about being attacked in the park by two young men.

Judge McDermott said Boy A had not sought help for Ana, and he had shown no remorse in the days following her death.

Apart from Boy A's age, the judge said it was hard to see many mitigating factors.

In the case of Boy A, Judge McDermott said the headline sentence was a life sentence. He said there should be a review after 12 years.

Shame

In relation to Boy B, the judge said he believed the two cases were significantly different.

He said there was no forensic evidence against Boy B, nor was there ever any suggestion that he had assaulted Ana.

However, Boy B did nothing - he did not take any steps to assist Ana nor did he seek help, and instead he left the scene, the judge said.

Boy B was a very intelligent youth, the medical reports found, and he did not have a mental disorder.

Boy B told the doctors that he felt guilty and blamed himself for Ana's death and he "thought about it most nights".

Judge McDermott imposed a 15-year sentence on Boy B, with a review after eight years.

The judge said the boys will both have to carry the guilt and shame of their involvement in Ana's death for the rest of their lives.

However, he said that once the sentences were served the boys would have the opportunity to reconstruct their lives in a positive way.

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