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Thursday 21 November 2019

Sentencing of Kriegel teen killers is put back for psychiatric reports

Patric and Geraldine Kriegel, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana at court
Patric and Geraldine Kriegel, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana at court
Ana Kriegel

The sentencing of schoolgirl Ana Kriegel's murderers has been adjourned until October as psychiatric reports on the two young teenagers have not yet been completed.

Victim impact statements from Ana's parents are also expected at that stage.

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

Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

The pair, who were 13-years-old at the time, had denied the offences.

Missing

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.

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

Following the guilty verdicts last month, Mr Justice Paul McDermott remanded the boys in custody to Oberstown Det- ention Centre and adjourned sentencing.

He also ordered probation and psychiatrists' reports for both defendants, saying he was "seeking professional assistance" in relation to the very difficult case.

When the matter came before Judge McDermott earlier this month, he further ordered assessments of each boy by consultant child psychiatrists and forensic psychiatrists.

Yesterday, Brendan Grehan SC, for the prosecution, told the court that probation reports on the two had been prepared, but the parties had not yet seen them.

Mr Grehan said Mr and Mrs Kriegel had completed a victim impact statement, but they would prefer to deliver the report at the sentence hearing.

Mr Grehan said that in relation to the psychiatric reports, no assessment had yet been carried out.

Patrick Gageby SC, for Boy A, said there was a psychological report being prepared in respect of his client, and it should be ready shortly. Judge McDermott ordered that the probation reports be made available to the parties.

The judge said he had received reports from Oberstown in relation to its facilities and the boys' initial period of remand, and had correspondence from Prof Harry Kennedy, the clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital.

Judge McDermott said Prof Kennedy wanted to proceed with two teams of psychiatrists - specifically a forensic psychiatrist and a child psychiatrist - to assess the boys.

The judge said this would take some time, and it did not seem realistic that the reports would be ready before the end of this month.

Judge McDermott adjourned the matters to October 29, saying all the reports should be circulated to the parties the week before.

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