Thursday 20 June 2019

Drawing of 'satanic pledge' found in Boy B's book, trial hears

Ordeal: Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel, parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel at court yesterday for the trial. Photo: Collins Courts
Ordeal: Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel, parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel at court yesterday for the trial. Photo: Collins Courts
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A copybook containing a drawing entitled "satanic pledge" was found by gardaí in the home of a boy accused of murdering Ana Kriegel, a trial has heard.

The copybook contained a list of names, including Boy A and Boy B's names, and a list of rules.

The rules included "no talking about Jesus or God, only Satan", the court heard.

Detective Garda Donal Daly gave evidence the copybook was seized by gardaí after they searched Boy B's home.

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

Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Boy B had mentioned the copybook when he was interviewed by gardaí on July 7, 2018.

During the sixth interview, which the jury saw last week, Boy B told gardaí he called it a "Satanist cult" but that was because he did not want people to join who he didn't want to join. It was really a homework club, he said.

Boy B told gardaí a points system was used and there was a prize for the most points. He said there were "cult rules" but they were just for fun.

Yesterday, Gda Daly produced pages from Boy B's copybook and showed them to the court.

Prosecution counsel Brendan Grehan SC said one of the pages was a drawing entitled "satanic pledge".

Mr Grehan said it was a "drawing of a triangle", before adding: "I'd better not interpret it. It's a drawing."

A second page had a number of circles with what looked like "five pointed stars" within them, the court heard.

"Pentagrams," Gda Daly said.

Gda Daly said there was a page with a list of names and a list of rules.

He read out the rules to the court.

They were "only pledge hosts can give pledges", "don't talk about it" and "act normal like nothing happened" and "no talking about Jesus or God, only Satan", the detective said.

Gda Daly was then cross examined by Boy B's lawyer, Damien Colgan SC, in relation to interviews which gardaí conducted with Boy B on May 24 and May 25, 2018 and a second series of interviews which took place on July 7, 2018.

Asked if he had checked if Boy B had suffered trauma during the interviews, Gda Daly replied "no".

Asked if he ever contacted a doctor for Boy B, Gda Daly said "I did not".

Mr Colgan then outlined the length of the interviews, the longest of which was just short of three hours.

Mr Colgan asked Gda Daly what arrangements he had made for breaks.

Gda Daly said his function and role was to carry out the interviews, and there was a sergeant, or member in charge, whose specific role was to look after the welfare of the accused. 

In one interview, Mr Colgan said Boy B's mother said she wanted to talk to her son as she told gardaí "you can see he's very stressed". However, the interview continued for some minutes before Boy B, his mother and solicitor left the room.

In another interview, Mr Colgan said Boy B asked for his mother to leave the room. Mr Colgan said Boy B's solicitor was concerned about this and wanted to talk to him.

However, Mr Colgan put it to Gda Daly that this consultation didn't take place for another 10 minutes.

Gda Daly they were at a "crucial point" at that stage and he was giving Boy B every opportunity to tell the truth.

During yet another interview, Boy B said he was "feeling a bit dizzy", Mr Colgan said.

Gda Daly said Boy B was brought to the back of the Garda station and given a can of 7up.

Sergeant Patrick Duggan said Boy B and his mother signed the custody book after he was released from custody, saying they had no complaints about his treatment.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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