Friday 20 September 2019

Contempt hearing after Ana killer 'named on radio'

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel

Eoin Reynolds

A judge has granted leave to issue a contempt of court motion after a journalist allegedly named one of the boys convicted of Ana Kriegel's murder twice on a Cork radio show.

Brendan Grehan SC, on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions, told Justice Michael White that a contempt of court matter had arisen relating to the recent trial of the two boys identified in media reports only as Boy A and Boy B.

The 14-year-olds were convicted earlier this month of murdering 14-year-old Ana at an abandoned farmhouse at Clonee Road, Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14 last year.

Boy A was further convicted of Ana's aggravated sexual assault.

The boys were found guilty by unanimous jury verdicts following an eight-week trial.

It is an offence to publish their identities under the Children Act and due to an order made by the trial judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott.

It is alleged that 'Irish Daily Mirror' journalist Niall O'Connor named one of the boys twice during an interview on the Neil Prendeville show on Cork radio station RedFM on the morning of June 19, the day after the jury's verdicts.

Handing a redacted transcript into court yesterday, Mr Grehan said the issue arose toward the end of the interview when the journalist identified by name one of the boys twice before he was "cut off mid-stream".

Counsel said the DPP made contact with Mr O'Connor and the radio station and both parties were co-operating.

Mr Justice White granted leave to issue the motion which will be raised before Mr Justice McDermott on Monday.

Irish Independent

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