Sunday 18 August 2019

Ana Kriegel murder trial: Boys exchanged 'look' as they showed gardaí 'route they took with schoolgirl'

The Central Criminal Court (stock photo)
The Central Criminal Court (stock photo)

Eimear Cotter and Andrew Phelan

The two boys accused of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel exchanged "a look" before their paths diverged as they walked gardaí along the route they said they took with her before she disappeared, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Gardaí decided to interview the two boys after the park route they were initially shown by one accused "significantly changed" when both were present.

Garda Conor Muldoon said in evidence that at 10.45pm on the night Ana disappeared, he called to Boy B's home.

His mother answered, before calling her son to the front door.

Boy B told him he and Ana had left her house, walked towards a park and spoke briefly, before going in different directions.

Gda Muldoon said Boy B told him he knew Ana, but not particularly well.

Gardaí conducted a number of patrols looking for Ana that night but failed to find her.

They also repeatedly called her mobile, which went unanswered.

Garda Eoghan Kelly got a photo of Ana from her mother to post details of her as a missing person on social media.

There were a number of reported sightings of Ana, including one of her at the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport.

They were investigated but proved to be false.

Garda Sergeant John Dunne said the next morning, when he was spoken to again, Boy B told him he had walked with Ana to the park.

Sgt Dunne said Boy B told him that Ana was "fond" of his friend, Boy A, but Boy A was "not interested in having a relationship with her".

A meeting had been arranged by Boy A to let Ana know he wasn't interested in her, it was alleged.

Boy B showed Sgt Dunne the route and said they all walked away separately after.

Later that afternoon, Sgt Dunne said he had passed a man and a boy as he searched the park and the man said an area near a sewage plant "might be worth a look" as there were huts there where youths would hang out.

When he called to Boy A's house later, he realised this man was Boy A's father, and they acknowledged having met earlier.

Boy A, his father and Boy B then went to walk the route with Sgt Dunne.

At one point, he said, "[Boy B] stopped and he stated that he went no further than this. I observed (Boy A) having a glance at him, a look at him.

"There was a very obvious interaction between the two boys. I call it a look. Nothing was said."

Sgt Dunne stayed there with Boy B and a colleague continued on with Boy A and his father.

Both boys were asked to make statements to clarify the route because there was "clearly a difference between them".

In cross-examination, Sgt Dunne told Damien Colgan SC, for Boy B, that it was only when they got to a certain point in the walk that there was a "divergence between the parties".

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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