Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ana Kriegel trial: Concrete block and piece of timber with blood stains at scene where Ana's body found

schoolgirl Ana Kriegel
schoolgirl Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

SCHOOLGIRL Ana Kriegel's hair was covering her face when gardai found her body in a derelict farmhouse "as if she had been thrashing her hair", a trial has heard.

There was a "noose" or ligature around the 14-year-old's neck and a sergeant gave evidence that Ana had three fingers inside the tie as if she was trying to "pull it away from her neck".

A concrete block and a piece of timber, both with blood stains, were also photographed by gardai in the room where her body was found, the murder trial heard today.

Two 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.

Garda have been giving evidence to the murder trial in Dublin (handout/PA)
Garda have been giving evidence to the murder trial in Dublin (handout/PA)

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

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

Sergeant Declan Birchall, the member in charge of the Divisional Search Team, told the Central Criminal Court that on May 17, 2018 he and his team has been tasked to search the park for any signs of Ana, who was missing.

Sgt Birchall said the team of four had arranged to meet at the entrance to the park at 12 noon.

There were a number of derelict buildings in the area, and it was planned to search them.

Sgt Birchall said he and his team were searching Glenwood House and its outbuildings when one of his colleagues said he may have found something in the main house.

Sgt Birchall said he went into Glenwood House through the walk door and into a room at the front of the house.

Asked by prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC what he saw, Sgt Birchall said he saw the "body of a naked female lying on the floor".

She was naked except for a pair of black socks, the court heard.

Sgt Birchall said the body's feet were facing the door and her head was towards the window. She was lying diagonally across the room.

Sgt Birchall said he could not see Ana's face and he believed there was something across her face.

When he got closer he realised her hair was covering her face "as if she was thrashing her hair and it covered her face". he said.

Sgt Birchall said he also noted blood at Ana's nose and her head was tilted back.

There was a tie or ligature or "noose" around her neck and she had three fingers inside it, as if she was "pulling it away".

He checked for signs of life but there were no signs.

Sgt Birchall said he and his team then removed themselves from the building to allow gardai to photograph the scene.

In his evidence, Detective Garda Eoin Conway, from the Garda Technical Bureau, said that he photographed Glenwood House in Lucan between May 17 and May 20.

Gda Conway said he took the booklet of photographs, which were handed to the jury this morning.

In one of the photographs, Gda Conway identified the body of Ana Kriegel, which had been pixelated, he said.

Ana was "lying on her back and her right arm was stretched out", the garda said.

Gda Conway said he photographed a black hoodie type top with white lettering as well as a black boot and black shorts.

In yet another photograph, Gda Conway identified a piece of timber, with blood stains on it, as well as a concrete block, also with blood stains on it.

Gda Conway gave evidence that other photographs contained "items of clothing" and showed "areas on the carpet and walls were there is blood staining".

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

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