Monday 26 August 2019

Ana fought for her life before violent death, jury is told

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

Ana Kriegel "fought for her life" and suffered a "violent death", a jury has heard.

In his closing address to the jury, prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC alleged there was an "overwhelming forensic case" against Boy A.

He said Boy A was like the child who had eaten the biscuit and who had chocolate on his mouth but was still saying "no, no, I didn't do it".

Two accused have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriegel at Glenwood House, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Mr Grehan said the jury must approach its decision coldly and clinically, without any sympathy or emotion.

He alleged there was an "overwhelming forensic case" against Boy A, which not just connected him to the scene but where items belonging to him, from his house, connected him to Ana and the scene.

Mr Grehan told the jury it was the prosecution case that there was "no innocent explanation" for these facts other than Boy A's involvement.

Mr Grehan said there was no forensic evidence connecting Boy B to the scene, and the case against him relied on "what came out of his own mouth" in his interviews with gardaí.

Mr Grehan said it is the prosecution case that Boy B "assisted" the killer of Ana, in particular in bringing Ana to where she was killed.

Mr Grehan alleged Boy B was present when Ana was brought to the ground, present when she was stripped, present when she was sexually assaulted and present, most likely, when she was murdered.

He said Boy B helped cover this up afterwards by lies. Mr Grehan also said it was "not credible" that Boy B had assisted without any advance knowledge of what was going to happen.

He said Boy A had told Boy B previously that he wanted to kill Ana.

For Boy B to say that he didn't think Boy A would actually do it, in the circumstances that unfolded, was not credible, he added.

Mr Grehan then outlined the case against Boy A.

He said Professor Marie Cassidy found Ana had suffered serious and extensive injuries to the head and neck.

Mr Grehan said forensic scientist John Hoade gave evidence that blood patterns indicated Ana was struck several times with a weapon as she lay in the room where she was found.

Mr Grehan said forensic scientist, Dr Charlotte Murphy, analysed a swab taken from Ana's neck for male specific DNA and it matched Boy A's.

Mr Grehan said that Ana's blood was found on Boy A's boots, and the evidence was that this indicated he either assaulted her or was in close proximity when she was assaulted.

He said what all this suggests is that Ana "suffered a violent death, where she fought for her life". 

In relation to Boy B, Mr Grehan said he had "lost count" of the lies he had told.

Mr Grehan went through Boy B's interviews with gardai, saying Boy B had "lied, lied, lied". He said they were "deeply deceitful, devious lies that kept changing".

Mr Grehan said the prosecution case was that Ana was in the house because of Boy B, that he brought her there, and that he bears responsibility for what happened there.

Mr Grehan has now finished his address to the jury. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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