Thursday 20 June 2019

Ana Kriegel murder trial: Jury retires for day after 30 minutes of deliberations

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said the jury must 'clinically' and 'forensically' examine the evidence

Schoolgirl Ana Kriegel was killed in May of last year
Schoolgirl Ana Kriegel was killed in May of last year
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

AFTER 30 minutes of deliberations, a jury in the trial of two boys accused of murdering Ana Kriegel has retired for the day and will resume in the morning.

In his closing address to the jury, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said this was an "unusual case" , involving two juveniles accused of the murder of another, who was only 14 years old.

He said the jury must "clinically" and "forensically" examine the evidence.

Judge McDermott told jurors to "immerse" themselves in the evidence, reminding them that the two accused enjoy the presumption of innocence at all times, up until they make their decision.

The two accused, who were both aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering of 14-year-old Ana Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

The first accused, known as Boy A, has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

The judge said there were three charges on the issue paper, and the jury could return verdicts of guilty or not guilty on all three counts. He said the decision must be unanimous.

He said the jury must consider each count separately.

Judge McDermott also said there were a large number of exhibits in this case and they would be made available to the jury, if required.

The jury retired at 12.35pm. They deliberated for less than 30 minutes, and when they returned to break for lunch, they asked the judge to finish at 3pm today.

Judge McDermott said the jury could break now and return tomorrow.

The jury will continue its deliberations at 10am tomorrow.

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