Ana Kriégel murder: What it taught us about bullying, porn and boys

Jennifer O’Connell on how to combat violent pornography and victimisation

THE ANA KRIÉGEL MURDER TRIAL SHOWED HOW PERVASIVE AND ACCESSIBLE ONLINE BULLYING AND VIOLENT PORNOGRAPHY HAVE BECOME IN IRELAND. IN A MAJOR REPORT, JENNIFER O’CONNELL EXPLORES THESE GROWING DANGERS AND HOW TO COMBAT THEM

The trial for the murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriégel came as a sudden, painful jolt out of our complacency. Sentencing two boys this week for her murder in an abandoned house in Lucan, on the western edge of Co Dublin, in May 2018, and one for her aggravated sexual assault, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said there was little legal precedent for determining sentencing in a case like this. There was even less to prepare us as a society for the spectre of children murdering and violently sexually assaulting other children.

Some facts, at least, have been established. We know how Ana Kriégel died at the hands of two 13-year-olds; we know it in a level of detail that will probably never be forgotten by anyone who read or heard the evidence. We have glimpsed, though will never fully grasp, her parents’ devastation and incomprehension at the loss of their “wild and wonderful, electric, so full of fun, madness and laughter” girl, their “ephemeral angel”. Forever, said her father, Patric, after the sentencing, “is not long enough”.

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