Saturday 16 November 2019

Judge to rule on bail for accused in Ana murder case

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel

Tom Tuite

A High Court judge will deliver his ruling tomorrow on whether bail will be granted to a 13-year-old boy accused of the murder of Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel, inset.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is under 18, has been charged with the murder of 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel, at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan, 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, Co Kildare, at about 5pm on May 14.

When she failed to return home and her parents were unable to contact her phone, they alerted gardaí.

Her body was found at the disused farmhouse three days later.

The teenage boy had been remanded in custody 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 has launched a bail application at the High Court sitting in Cloverhill which came before Mr Justice Robert Eager yesterday.

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

He was allowed to sit with his family during the lengthy proceedings but did not address the court.

Garda Inspector Mark O'Neill, who is leading the investigation, objected to bail.

Strict reporting restrictions were imposed by the judge.

At the end of the lengthy hearing, Mr Justice Eager told counsel for the State Aideen Collard BL and the boy's lawyers that he was reserving judgment in the matter.

He will give his decision tomorrow on whether or not the teen will be admitted to bail pending trial.

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

Irish Independent

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