Girl, 14, ‘sexually assaulted and murdered by boy as friend watched voyeuristically’
Ana Kriegel’s naked body was found in a derelict house in Lucan, County Dublin, Ireland, days after going missing in May last year
A 14-year-old who was found dead in a derelict house last year was allegedly sexually assaulted and murdered by a teenage boy while his friend watched ‘voyeuristically’, a court heard.
Ana Kriegel’s naked body was found in Lucan, Co Dublin, days after she went missing in May last year.
Jurors at the Central Criminal Court in Ireland were told how the teenager had suffered a devastating violent assault and the scene was “bloody and blood splattered in a downstairs room not much bigger than the jury box”.
Two 14-year-old boys, who cannot be identified because of their age, have pleaded not guilty to the schoolgirl’s murder.
One of the accused, Boy A, is also charged with aggravated sexual assault, which he denies.
On the first day of the trial, prosecutor Brendan Grehan, said a “homemade zombie mask” was found in the possession of Boy A, along with knee pads, builder’s tape, shin guards and gloves inside a “distinctive backpack”.
He said police found Ana’s torn clothes that showed signs they were forcefully removed scattered in the room along with her broken phone.
A post-mortem exam found Ana suffered head and neck injuries and there was attempted penetration of her vagina.
Mr Grehan said a forensic examination found items of clothing and DNA traces that would match with Boy A.
The court heard the prosecution will call evidence to show both boys acted in a joint enterprise.
It’s alleged Boy B stood by and watched “voyeuristically” as Boy A murdered and sexually assaulted Ana.
Mr Grehan also said Boy B sourced the builder’s tape to be used as the ligature.
The prosecution will allege Boy B had convinced Ana to accompany him to Saint Catherine’s Park to meet Boy A.
It would be claimed Boy B used the excuse that Ana was meeting his alleged accomplice because she had a romantic interest in him.
Mr Grehan added the prosecution would submit the plan was to facilitate the joint enterprise murder of Ana.
They will also tell jurors that Boy A was seen by witnesses “limping with blood on his clothing and on his face”.
It’s claimed he told his parents and friends he was attacked by two older men and had fought them off.
Prosecutors will also allege a forensic examination found Boy A’s semen on Ana’s clothing and also DNA on the ligature.
He said they would further allege that both boys conspired to carry out the murder.
He said Boy B “aided and abetted, he assisted or helped it to happen, knowing what would happen”. Mr Grehan claimed both defendants made sure the derelict building was empty.
He said Boy B lied repeatedly to gardai and his denials were “not credible”.
Ana’s mother, Geraldine Kriegel, told the court how her daughter was left terrified by people who “endlessly bullied” her.
Geraldine said her 14-year-old daughter struggled to make friends and was targeted by bullies.
Ana, who was adopted from Russia when she was two and a half years old, had a tumour in her right ear which had affected her hearing “very badly”.
In 2010 she underwent a five-hour operation to remove the tumour.
“She could hardly hear in her right ear and she had poor eyesight,” her mother said.
Her heartbroken mother also told the court how her daughter was a member of a local dance group, which she loved.
“Dancing was her passion, she loved it,” Mrs Kriegel said. “She spent hours in the front room practising her dancing, listening to music and singing. She sang and did gymnastics and she was a great swimmer.”
“She was incredibly excited to start (secondary school). We were hoping she would make friends in the community.”