Thursday 21 November 2019

Earliest dates Ana's killers can expect to be released are 2027 and 2031

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Ana Kriegel's teenage killers' earliest possible dates of release from their sentences will be in 2027 and 2031, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said progress reports on the boys' development and rehabilitation while in custody should be prepared every two years.

He said the reports were not intended to "micro-manage" the boys' sentences, but to give the court a clear view of what has happened in the course of their detention.

The boys were earlier this week handed down separate sentences of life and 15 years for the schoolgirl's murder.

Boy A and Boy B, who are now both 15 years old, were found guilty in June of murdering Ana Kriegel (14) at an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

Boy A was given a life sentence, with a review after 12 years, for murder. Judge McDermott also imposed a fixed sentence of eight years on Boy A for aggravated sexual assault. Boy B was given a 15-year sentence, with a review after eight years.

When the case came before the court again yesterday morning, Judge McDermott first clarified that the review of Boy B's case would begin on January 19, 2026.

He then said he wanted the court to be fully informed on both boys' progress and development in custody.

It was not intended as micro-management of the sentences, he said, and it was not to be viewed as such.

The first phase brought them until they were 18, and they would be transferred to an adult facility when they were 18 and six months old. Reports on their engagement with educational, psychological and psychiatric services would be of assistance to those taking over their custody, he said. There should also be a plan for their further development while in prison.

Reports should then be prepared at two year intervals, chronicling what has happened, which would be available to the courts at review.

After the boys' transfer to adult prisons in 2022, reports should be submitted in 2024, 2026 and 2028, he said.

Prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC said in Boy A's case, his sentence would be reviewed effectively on the 12th anniversary of the date of conviction. The review process would begin in January 2029 and the earliest he could expect to be released from "the custodial portion" was June 18, 2031, he said.

Boy B's review would begin on January 19, 2026 and the earliest he could expect to be released was June 18, 2027.

Irish Independent

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