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Friday 23 August 2019

Boy B told 'lies, untruths and half truths', Ana murder trial hears

The abandoned property where the body of murdered Ana Kriegel was found
The abandoned property where the body of murdered Ana Kriegel was found

One of the boys accused of the murder of Ana Kriegel told "lies, untruths and half truths", the trial jury has heard.

Prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC said there was no forensic evidence connecting Boy B to the scene, and the case against him relied on "what came out of his own mouth" in his interviews with gardai.

Mr Grehan said the interviews contained lies, untruths and half truths and told the jury "quite where the lies end or the truth begins will be a matter you will have to decide".

Ana "fought for her life" and suffered a "violent death", the jury has heard.

The prosecution has alleged there is an "overwhelming forensic case" against Boy A.

Mr Grehan said Boy A was like the child who had eaten the chocolate biscuit and who had chocolate all on his mouth but was still saying "no, no, I didn't do it".

The accused have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, in Lucan, on May 14, 2018.

Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Mr Grehan has now finished his closing address to the jury. Defence lawyers are expected to address the jury on Monday.

Yesterday, Mr Grehan told the jury they must approach their decision coldly and clinically, without any sympathy or emotion.

He said this was a "case with horrendous enough facts", relating to the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl in circumstances where the prosecution say she was sexually assaulted.

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel

Mr Grehan said it is the prosecution case that Boy A is guilty of her murder and of aggravated sexual assault.

Mr Grehan alleged there was an "overwhelming forensic case" against Boy A, which not just connected him to the scene but where items belonging to him, from his house, connected him to Ana and the scene.

The barrister told the jury it was the prosecution case there was "no innocent explanation" that could explain away these facts other than Boy A's involvement.

Knowledge

It is the prosecution case that Boy B "assisted" the killer of Ana, in particular in bringing Ana to where she was killed, he said.

Mr Grehan alleged Boy B was present when Ana was brought to the ground, present when she was stripped, present when she was sexually assaulted and present, most likely, when she was murdered.

Ana Kriegel's parents Geraldine and Patrick
Ana Kriegel's parents Geraldine and Patrick

He said Boy B helped cover this up afterwards by lies. Mr Grehan also said it was "not credible" that Boy B had assisted without any advance knowledge of what was going to happen.

He said Boy A had told Boy B previously that he wanted to kill Ana.

For Boy B to say that he didn't think Boy A would actually do it, in the circumstances that unfolded, was not credible, he added.

Mr Grehan then outlined the forensic case against Boy A.

He said Professor Marie Cassidy conducted a post-mortem which found Ana had suffered serious and extensive injuries to the head and neck.

Ana also had defensive type injuries, and there was widespread bruising, abrasions and scratches on her person, the jury was told.

Mr Grehan said forensic scientist John Hoade gave evidence the blood patterns indicated Ana was struck several times with a weapon as she lay in the room where she was found.

Mr Grehan said scientist Marce Lee-Gorman gave evidence that semen found on Ana's top matched Boy A's DNA, in circumstances where it was a mixed DNA profile, which included Ana's DNA.

Mr Grehan said forensic scientist, Dr Charlotte Murphy, analysed a swab taken from Ana's neck for male specific DNA and it matched Boy A's.

He further told the jury Ana's blood was found on Boy A's boots, and this indicated he either assaulted her or was in close proximity when she was assaulted.

He said what all this evidence suggests is that Ana "suffered a violent death, where she fought for her life".

The jury was then shown a number of clips of CCTV footage.

Mr Grehan said Boy A gave a very full, detailed and elaborate account of him having been attacked by two people in the park.

Mr Grehan said the prosecution case was that there was no evidence on CCTV to support the situation that two people, matching Boy A's descriptions, were in the park that evening.

Mr Grehan claimed it was a "story" made up by Boy A to explain the injuries he had.

In relation to Boy B, Mr Grehan said he had "lost count" of the lies he had told.

Mr Grehan went through Boy B's interviews with gardai, saying Boy B had "lied, lied, lied". He said they were "deeply deceitful, devious lies that kept changing".

Mr Grehan said the prosecution case was that Ana was in the house because of Boy B, that he brought her there, and that he bears responsibility for what happened there.

It all came down to his credibility in terms of saying he did not know what Boy A was going to do to Ana, he added.

Mr Grehan said this was unbelievable and told the jury that they could safely convict Boy B of murder.

The trial continues.

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