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Ana Kriegel jury sent home after four hours of deliberation

The jury was sent home at 3pm on Thursday, their first full day of deliberations.

Ana Kriegel who found dead in a derelict farmhouse (PA)
Ana Kriegel who found dead in a derelict farmhouse (PA)

The jury in the trial of two teenagers accused of the murder of Ana Kriegel has been sent home after deliberating for over four hours.

The jury was sent home at 3pm on Thursday, their first full day of deliberations, after first retiring to consider their verdict on Wednesday afternoon.

The jury asked to re-examine items of evidence presented in the trial throughout the day including a stick, the branded tape found wrapped around Ana’s neck and gloves found in Boy A’s backpack.

The 14-year-old’s naked body was found with a ligature around the neck in a derelict house in Lucan, Co Dublin, days after she went missing in May last year.

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Two boys are on trial accused of killing Anastasia Kriegel (Family/PA)

Former state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy identified around 50 areas of injury on the schoolgirl’s head and body, and concluded the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Ms Cassidy also said that there was evidence of penetration or attempted penetration of the vagina.

Two 14-year-old boys, who cannot be identified due to their age, are standing trial accused of murder.

Boy A has pleaded not guilty to murder and sexual assault “involving serious violence”.

Boy B has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Justice McDermott gave a lengthy rundown of the evidence heard in the trial, including summaries of witnesses, the boys’ interviews and experts in forensic science.

Ana had been first reported missing on Monday May 14 by her mother and father.

She was last seen by members of her family when she left her home with Boy B, who told gardai he had been asked by Boy A to call for Ana.

The prosecution alleges Boy B aided and abetted in Ana’s murder by helping Boy A.

John Hoade, of Forensic Science Ireland, told the court that DNA found on a backpack, mask, gloves and knee pads seized from Boy A’s home matched that of Ana.

Defence counsel for Boy A told the court there was not “one bit of evidence from the witness box” to suggest the accused planned to kill Ana.

There is no forensic evidence linking Boy B to the scene.

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