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Lawyers representing one of the boys convicted of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel have submitted documents relating to an appeal against his conviction.

Brendan Grehan SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), said they received the submissions on behalf of Boy B last Monday and will file their own submissions to the Court of Appeal before the legal term ends on April 3. The appeal will be heard on April 24.

There are, Mr Grehan said, three grounds of appeal, two of which will be "relatively brief" while the third "will be a little longer". He said the hearing is likely to take one day.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham said media will be present and rules preventing the publication or broadcast of the boy's identity, family or school will remain in place.

Mr Grehan also suggested it may be necessary to mention the matter again before the appeal date. He said there are currently no issues with transporting Boy B from where he is detained.

"We are all awaiting developments," he added.

He said he does not know if it is possible to set up a video link between the court and the detention centre but said such matters could be dealt with at a later date.

The 15-year-old, referred to in court as Boy B, was unanimously found guilty of murdering the "lonely and vulnerable" schoolgirl last June and was sentenced to 15 years detention, to be reviewed after eight years.

Boy A and Boy B, whose identities cannot be published as they are children, were just 13-years-old when they murdered 14-year-old Ana in May 2018. Boy B lured Ana from her home, knowing that his friend was waiting to attack her in a derelict house in St Catherine's Park in Lucan. He gave several different versions of events to gardaĆ­, but eventually admitted seeing Boy A attacking Ana.

Irish Independent