Tuesday 25 September 2018

Judge refuses to grant bail to boy (13) accused of Ana Kriegel murder

Ana Kriegel (14) was found dead in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan
Ana Kriegel (14) was found dead in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan

Tom Tuite

A 13-year-old boy accused of the murder of Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel has been refused bail by Mr Justice Robert Eagar at the High Court.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has been charged with the murder of 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin on May 14, contrary to common law.

Anastasia, known as Ana, who was adopted from Russia at the age of two, left her home in Leixlip, at about 5pm on May 14 however, she did not return.

Her parents were unable to contact her phone and alerted gardai. Her body was found at a disused farmhouse three days later.

After he was charged, the teen had been remanded in custody to the Oberstown detention centre on May 25 by the Dublin Children’s Court, which does not have power to adjudicate on the issue of bail in murder cases.

However, he launched a bail application at the High Court sitting in Cloverhill which commenced before Mr Justice Eagar on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Neill who is leading the investigation had objected to bail.

Strict reporting restrictions were imposed by the judge who delivered his ruling on Friday afternoon. He said the court was refusing to grant bail.

The teenager was accompanied to the proceedings by his parents, his grandfather and barrister Niall Nolan and a solicitor.

Dressed in a green jumper and black jeans, he sat silently with his family, at some points leaning his head on his mother’s shoulder during the almost hour-long proceedings.

The media could report the outcome of the application, Mr Justice Eagar told counsel for the State Aideen Collard.

The teenager, who will remain in custody, has faced three hearings already in the Children’s Court which last dealt with the case on Monday.

At that hearing, Inspector O’Neill said: “As you would appreciate it is quite an extensive investigation and we are working very hard to make sure matters are expedited”.

The boy is scheduled to appear again at the Children’s Court on July 23 next for directions from the Director Public Prosecutions to be conveyed.

At his first hearing, on May 25, Inspector O’Neill told the court: “In reply to that charge after caution, he had nothing to say.” Legal aid had been granted after the court was told the the teen’s age and that he was a schoolchild.

There has been no indication yet as to how he intends to plead.

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