Tuesday 20 August 2019

Boy accused of killing Ana 'surprised' that she had asked him out

Murder victim Ana Kriegel
Murder victim Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A boy accused of killing and sexually assaulting Ana Kriegel told a detective investigating her disappearance he was "surprised" when she asked him out, as it "came out of nowhere".

The jury in the trial of two 14-year-olds accused of murdering Ana was also shown CCTV footage gardaí claim is the last movements of the schoolgirl.

Garda Seamus Timmins claimed the CCTV showed Ana, wearing black leggings and a black jacket with white markings, in the company of Boy B. Gda Timmins also showed CCTV of a boy in dark clothing and wearing gloves. He claimed this was Boy A.

Earlier, Sergeant John O'Keeffe, who took witness statements while investigating Ana's disappearance, gave evidence that Boy A told him he had tried to turn Ana down without hurting her feelings.

The Central Criminal Court heard Boy A told gardaí that "one of his best friends" was Boy B.

On May 14, 2018 he said they walked home together and later arranged to meet in the park.

Boy A said he got to the park and Boy B arrived a minute later. Ana had been with him. He told Sgt O'Keeffe: "At one stage Ana said to me, 'I was wondering if you wanted to go out with me?'" Boy A said he was "surprised".

Sergeant Aonghus Hussey also told the court Boy B made a statement where he claimed: "I have no clue what happened to her." The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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