Thursday 14 November 2019

Tragic Ana (14) died from blunt force trauma to the head, inquest is told

Mother relives the harrowing moment she had to identify teenager's body

Hearing adjourned: Ana Kriegel was reported missing on May 14 from her home in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Her body was found in a disused farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin, three days later after a search operation. Photo: Austin Crowe
Hearing adjourned: Ana Kriegel was reported missing on May 14 from her home in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Her body was found in a disused farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin, three days later after a search operation. Photo: Austin Crowe

Louise Roseingrave

Schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel (14) died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, an inquest has confirmed.

Her grieving mother Geraldine relived the harrowing moment she had to identify her teenage daughter's body to gardaí at Dublin Coroner's Court.

The brutal cause of her violent death was read into evidence at the opening of an inquest yesterday.

Her body was found at a disused farmhouse on May 17, three days after she was reported missing.

Anastasia, who was known as Ana and was adopted from Russia aged two, was last seen alive when she left her house in Leixlip, Co Kildare, around 5pm on May 14.

Gardaí were alerted when she did not return home and a search was launched the following day.

Her body was found at the farmhouse on the Clonee Road, Lucan, Co Dublin. She had suffered fatal blunt-force injuries.

Her parents Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel attended the opening of the inquest into her death and were accompanied by Garda Liaison Officer Siobhan McIntyre.

Ms Kriegel entered the witness box to give evidence of how she identified her daughter's remains.

"On May 18 at 4pm, I and my husband identified our daughter Anastasia Eva Kriegel to Garda McIntyre," she said.

Gda McIntyre, of Ronanstown garda station, confirmed this event took place at Dublin City Morgue and she formally identified the remains to pathology staff.

A post-mortem conducted by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

Detective Inspector Mark O'Neill informed the coroner that "proceedings have been instituted against two persons in relation to Ana's death".

Det Insp O'Neill made an application to the court for the inquest to be adjourned until after criminal proceedings are complete.

Two teenagers have been charged with Ana's murder at Glenwood House, Clonee Road, Lucan, on May 14 last.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane granted the adjournment as requested and explained the process to Ana's parents.

"The inquest will not return to this court until and unless all criminal proceedings are concluded. An Garda Síochána will keep this office informed of developments," Dr Cullinane told Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel as they sat in the public gallery.

"My deepest condolences to you and to the whole family on your loss in these tragic circumstances.

"It is not required for you to come back to this court again before criminal proceedings are completed and if there is anything else we can assist you with please contact us."

The inquest was formally adjourned until after criminal proceedings are complete.

Irish Independent

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