Saturday 17 August 2019

Ana Kriegel murder trial: Accused boy says he was 'surprised' when she 'asked him out' before disappearance

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A BOY accused of killing and sexually assaulting Ana Kriegel told a detective he was "surprised" when Ana asked him out as it "came out of nowhere".

Sergeant John O'Keeffe said Boy A told him he had tried to turn Ana down without hurting her feelings.

Sgt O'Keeffe was investigating the disappearance of Ana when he took a witness statement from the boy, which was read into evidence this afternoon.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Boy A said he had arranged to meet his friend Boy B in the park that afternoon. When he got there, Boy B had arrived about a minute later, and Ana had been with him.

He didn't know her that well, he said.

They'd been walking slowly, and he vaguely remembered talking to his friend about video games. He wasn't really talking to Ana, as she'd been on her phone, but not talking on it.

Boy A said Ana then asked him out.

He was "surprised" as it "came out of nowhere", however, he had an idea that Ana liked him because she'd asked him out previously.

Boy A told Sgt O'Keeffe that he decided to think about it for a few minutes. He knew he was going to say no, but he wanted to do it without hurting Ana's feelings.

The last time Ana had asked him out, she'd "stormed" off when he'd turned her down.

This time he was trying to be "more considerate", he told the sergeant.

Boy A said he told Ana he was sorry, but he wasn't interested in her.

He claimed she said nothing and walked off.

Boy A then turned to Boy B, said to him "that was a bit random", and his friend agreed.

Boy A said his friend then went home, and he was also going home when he became aware of two males walking behind him.

Boy A claimed they grabbed him by the shoulder and pulled him to the ground, before they kicked him and ran off.

Boy A described the first assailant as being "stocky" and "like a rugby player", while the second was "tall and skinny" and "had a long face, a long nose and a ronnie".

Boy A told Sgt O'Keeffe that he went home and told his parents what had happened.

He said his back was bruised, his legs were sore around his knees sand he had a cut on his left leg. His right leg was painful and he had small bruising on his chest. His lip was also bleeding.

Boy A told gardai that nothing had been taken from him.

The youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ana (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.

Ana's naked body was found by gardai at the disused farmhouse three days after she was reported missing by her parents, Geraldine and Patric. She was last seen by them leaving her home with Boy B at 5pm on the day she disappeared, the court heard.

It is the prosecution's case that Boy B "lured" Ana to the derelict farmhouse and then watched "voyeuristically" as the other boy sexually assaulted and murdered her.

Earlier, Sergeant Aonghus Hussey said that Boy B made a statement where he claimed, "I have no clue what happened to her".

Boy B also said that it was only when gardai called to his home that he found out Ana was missing.

Sgt Hussey said witness statements had been taken from Boy A and Boy B, as gardai had concerns about inconsistencies in the routes they claimed they'd walked with Ana on the evening she disappeared.

Sgt Hussey said he and Sergeant John Dunne had walked the route with Boy A, his father and Boy B.

He said that when they came to a certain part of the park Boy B said this was as far as he'd gone with Ana.

Sgt Hussey said that there "seemed to be confusion" about the route the boys had taken with Ana, and he saw them exchange a look.

He wasn't happy with his and "felt immediately that something was wrong".

Sgt Hussey said he "couldn't understand" why the boys weren't telling him their exact movements.

Cross examined by Damien Colgan SC, for Boy B, Sgt Hussey accepted that, in his statement, he said he'd seen Boy A give Boy B a look, but Boy A had denied it when he'd asked him about it.

In his statement, which was read into evidence, Boy B said that he'd gone to Ana's home around 5pm on May 14 on behalf of his friend, Boy A.

Boy B said his friend had told him he wanted to "sort out some relationship issues" with Ana.

He and Ana had walked through the park, and she was "very chatty", he said.

She asked him why Boy A wanted to talk to her, and he said she'd find out when they got to where they were going.

Boy B said he stayed slightly behind Ana and Boy A, after they met up with him, so to give them some privacy.

Boy B claimed he then went to get a drink of water from an outside tap, and he saw Ana again as she walked back to where they'd originally come from.

Boy B told gardai that he said "hey" to her, but she didn't really say anything. She had her head down and she looked upset, he said.

Boy B said he wasn't really sure where she went after that, and the last time he saw Ana was in the park about 5.30pm or 5.40pm.

Boy B also said he didn't see Boy A again, and he had gone home and done his homework.

He also didn't know Ana was missing until gardai called to his home later that night, he said in his statement, and told gardai "I have no clue what happened to her".

The trial continues.

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