Saturday 17 August 2019

Boy looked 'rough' and 'like he'd been hit', dog walker tells Ana Kriegel murder trial

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A DOG walker thought one of the boy’s accused of murdering Ana Kriegel looked “rough” when he saw him in the park.

The witness told the Central Criminal Court that he first spotted a young lad from a distance, who appeared to be “walking with a funny gait”.

When the boy got closer he realised it was Boy A, who he knew.

He said Boy A “looked like he’d been hit or something”.

The witness said he was concerned for Boy A, possibly that he’d been attacked. The witness asked Boy A if he was ok and he said he was.

Boy A “looked in rough shape”, he said, and there appeared to be something that could be blood on his t-shirt.

The witness said Boy A told him that he took a fall and hit his knee.

Boy A also seemed “embarrassed” and the witness felt that someone had bullied him, and he just wanted to go home.

Earlier, a girl who saw Ana Kriegel in the park with Boy B said they were “laughing and talking” and “they seemed to be having a good time”.

The girl gave evidence to the Central Criminal Court that she was out walking her dog when she saw Ana with Boy B, both of whom she knew.

She said the two were “having a brisk walk”, were “laughing and jumping” and seemed to be having a good time.

In cross examination, the teenager described it as a “sort of skip run”.

“Ana seemed happy”, she said, “She was laughing along with Boy B”.

“They did a sort of a skip run, like the kind you’d do with your friend”.

The teenager said she was too far away from Ana and Boy B to talk to them and she didn’t think that they noticed her.

Another juvenile witness said he was friends with Boy A and Boy B.

On the day Ana disappeared he answered the door to Boy A. It was shortly before 6pm, the court heard.

“He was limping and holding his chest. He had his arm up to it”, the youth said.

He also gave evidence that he noticed blood on Boy A’s t-shirt.

“Boy A looked scared”, he said.

He asked Boy A what happened and he said he had been attacked by two older teenagers in the park.

The witness was asked by prosecution counsel Brendan Grehan SC if he remembered talking to Boy A or Boy B after Ana’s body was found.

He said Boy B was “sad” and he didn’t remember anything else specifically.

In relation to Boy A, he said he couldn’t really remembering talking to him about Ana.

The youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ana (14) at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14 last year.

One of the boys, Boy A, has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Ana’s naked body was found by gardaí at the disused farmhouse three days after she was reported missing. She was last seen leaving her home with Boy B at 5pm on the day she disappeared.

It is the prosecution’s case that Boy B “lured” Ana to the derelict farmhouse and then watched as the other boy sexually assaulted and murdered her.

The trial continues.

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