Thursday 22 August 2019

Second boy said he had 'no clue' what happened to schoolgirl, trial is told

The second boy accused of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel told gardaí investigating her disappearance he had
The second boy accused of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel told gardaí investigating her disappearance he had "no clue" what had happened to her. Stock photo: Depositphotos
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

The second boy accused of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel told gardaí investigating her disappearance he had "no clue" what had happened to her.

Sergeant Aonghus Hussey told the Central Criminal Court that Boy B made a statement where he claimed: "I have no clue what happened to her."

Boy B also said that it was only when gardaí called to his home that he found out Ana was missing.

Sgt Hussey said witness statements had been taken from Boy A and Boy B, as gardaí had concerns about inconsistencies in the route they claimed they'd walked with Ana on the evening she disappeared.

Sgt Hussey said he and Sergeant John Dunne had walked the route with Boy A, his father and Boy B.

He said when they came to a certain part of the park, Boy B said this was as far as he'd gone with Ana.

Sgt Hussey said there "seemed to be confusion" about the route the boys had taken with Ana, and he saw them exchange a look. He wasn't happy with this and "felt immediately that something was wrong".

The officer said he "couldn't understand" why the boys weren't telling him their exact movements.

Cross-examined by Damien Colgan SC, for Boy B, Sgt Hussey accepted that in his statement he said he had seen Boy A give Boy B a look, but Boy A had denied it when he'd asked him about it.

Sgt Hussey also agreed with Mr Colgan that a parent was not with Boy B when gardaí had conducted the walk with him and Boy A, retracing the route they had taken with Ana through the park.

In his statement, which was read into evidence, Boy B said he'd gone to Ana's home around 5pm on May 14 on behalf of his friend, Boy A.

Boy B said his friend had told him he wanted to "sort out some relationship issues" with Ana.

He and Ana had walked through the park and she was "very chatty", he said.

She wanted to know why Boy A wanted to meet her, and Boy B said he told her he would tell her when they met him.

Boy B said he stayed slightly behind Ana and Boy A after they met up with him, so as to give them some privacy.

He couldn't hear what they were saying, though he could hear their voices, he said.

Boy B said Boy A had wanted to be clear to Ana that she was "not of interest to him".

Boy B claimed he then went to get a drink of water from an outside tap, and he saw Ana again as she walked back to where they'd originally come from.

Boy B told gardaí that he said "hey" to her, but she didn't really say anything. She had her head down and she looked upset, he said.

Boy B said he wasn't really sure where she went after that, and the last time he saw Ana was in the park about 5.30pm or 5.40pm.

Boy B also said he didn't see Boy A again and he had gone home and done his homework.

Irish Independent

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