Ana Kriegel trial: Boy accused of murdering schoolgirl met her in the park as he 'didn't want to be seen with her', co-accused told gardai

A BOY accused of murdering Ana Kriegel told a detective that his co-accused had arranged to met the school girl in the park because he “didn’t want to be seen with her”, a trial heard.

The two youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Ana Kriegel (14) at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14 last year.

One of the boys, Boy A, has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

This morning, Detective Garda Gabrielle Newton said she spoke to Boy B around 5pm on May 17, 2018, and she walked the route in the park which he said he’d taken with Ana.

Ana’s body was found at 1pm on the same day.

At this stage Boy B knew Ana was dead, Det Gda Newton said.

She added Boy B told her he did not appreciate being involved in the incident.

While retracing the route he and Ana had taken in the park, Gda Newton said Boy B told her he’d gone to Ana’s home and asked her to go to the park with him to meet Boy A.

Gda Newton said Boy B told her two girls had approached him and told him to tell his friend, Boy A, that Ana had a crush on him. This happened a week or so before Ana disappeared.

Boy B said Boy A wanted to tell Ana he didn’t want to go out with her.

Gda Newton said Boy B told her the arrangement had been to meet in the park because “Boy A didn’t want to be seen with her”.

She gave evidence that Boy B told her that at some stage he had asked Ana the time, and she looked at her phone and it was 5.12pm.

Boy B also said Ana showed him a photograph on her phone of her tied up with tape in her ex-boyfriend’s house.

Gda Newton said Boy B told her he walked away from Ana and Boy A as he felt they needed their privacy.

Boy B started walking back the way he’d come in the park, and he saw Ana again. He said “hey” but she didn’t answer and looked “sad”.

Gda Newton said Boy B told her he ran on, and when he looked back Ana was gone.

When asked what Ana had been wearing when he’d last seen her, Gda Newton said Boy B told her ” a slutty top”, a “black hooded top”, “black bottoms” and “high shoes”.

In earlier evidence, the detective said an incident room had been set up after Boy A reported that he had been assaulted.

Gda Newton said her role was to investigate the assault.

She met with Boy A and his parents around 7pm on May 16, and drove with Boy A and his dad to the park where the teen showed her where he had been assaulted.

Gda Newton said Boy A told her he was walking home, and had just passed a wooded area when he was knocked to the ground and assaulted by two men.

The detective said Boy A told her the men stomped on his arm, “thumped” him and kicked him.

He managed to get up and he kicked one of them in the head. He thought that the man was bleeding, and both his assailants had run off.

Gda Newton also said Boy A was complaining about his injuries which he received in the assault.

Gda Newton said she then drove Boy A and his father to the garda station, where he voluntarily provided a DNA sample to Detective Garda Marcus Roantree.

Gda Newton told the trial Boy A then said that “Ana had pushed him in the chest area”.

She said this “came out of nowhere” and it was “something out of the blue”. She knew Boy A was taking about Ana Kriegel, she said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of eight men and four women.

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