Jury in Ana Kriégel murder trial suspends deliberations

Two boys are accused of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl in Dublin last year

Ana Kriegel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Ana Kriegel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

 

The jury in the trial of two boys accused of the murder of Ana Kriégel is due to return to court on Monday to continue considering their verdicts.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the eight men and four women on Friday afternoon they could go home for the weekend.

The jury has spent seven hours and 15 minutes considering their verdict over three days.

On Friday, the jury requested and was given the videos of Boy B’s Garda interviews. The jury also asked for a large screen to view the footage provided to them.

During the trial, the jury watched about 16 hours of Boy B’s eight interviews with gardaí.

On Thursday, the jury asked to see several exhibits including a stick, the Tescon brand tape which was found wrapped around Ana’s neck when her body was found and the gloves found in Boy A’s backpack.

The jury also asked to see video footage presented during the trial. Mr Justice McDermott ordered jurors be provided with a laptop to view the footage and specialist gloves to handle the exhibits.

The prosecution allege Boy B lured the 14-year-old girl from her home at 5pm on May 14th, 2018 on the pretence of meeting Boy A, who Ana was “interested” in. It is alleged that Boy A then violently sexually assaulted and murdered her in the derelict farmhouse as Boy B watched.

Boy A has pleaded not guilty to the murder and sexual assault “involving serious violence” of Ana Kriégel on May 14th, 2018, at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan in Dublin.

Boy B has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the girl on the same date.

The accused were 13 at the time of the alleged offence and are 14 now.

Jurors have been asked to come back at 10am on Monday for their third full day of deliberations.