Holding hands tightly, Patric and Geraldine Kriegel exited the court complex for a final time, with Ms Kriegel giving a tiny, courageous smile.
They looked drained but, perhaps for the first time, showed signs of some small measure of peace.
There would be no questions, a garda had warned before the couple arrived to deliver their statement.
But what question could we have asked of this brave, heartbroken couple, knowing that their grief and suffering go far beyond words?
In adopting Ana as a baby from Russia, they thought they were giving her the chance of a new life, a fresh start. They thought she was safe at last, in a quiet country village where, as Ms Kriegel said in her victim impact statement, the only sound in the morning was of doves cooing.
Ana's short life was a whirlwind of music and dancing, hopes and dreams, love and kindness.
"A lovely and loving child in a loving family," as Judge Paul McDermott said during sentencing.
Tragically, he noted that she had hoped for a wider circle of friends.
Patric and Geraldine Kriegel, parents of Ana. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The family photos showed the myriad of happy occasions the Kriegels had shared - the numerous holidays, Ana's graduation from primary school and other moments which, though possibly smaller, are now no less cherished.
'Ana was robbed of the chance to complete her life or comprehend its ending'
Now, here her parents stood, completely bereft, at the doors of the courthouse, knowing the horrors she had endured, with nobody to help her.
"Justice has been done for Ana," Mr Kriegel declared outside the court.
But we recognised that he was only speaking about justice within the strict confines of the law - since there could never be any real justice for what had happened to their family. There could be no end to their ordeal. No comfort or solace for their immeasurable loss. No closure.
The Kriegels' sentence is "life long" as the judge himself acknowledged.