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Ana Kriegel murder trial is told how officer found teen’s naked body in Dublin house

Murdered: Ana Kriegel
Murdered: Ana Kriegel

By Eimear Cotter

A Garda who found a murdered teenager's body at first thought he had found either a "mannequin or something terrible", a trial in Dublin has heard.

Ana Kriegel's naked body was found in a room in a derelict house in Lucan with blue tape around her neck.

Three of her fingers were inside the ligature or "noose", as if she was "pulling it away", Sergeant Declan Birchall said.

The jury was shown a blood-stained concrete block and a blood-stained length of timber, which gardai said were recovered from the room where Ana's body was found.

They were also shown a 3D reconstruction of the crime scene.

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

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

In his evidence, Sergeant Declan Birchall said he was in charge of the Divisional Search Team on May 17, 2018 and had been tasked to search the park for any signs of Ana, who was missing.

Sgt Birchall said the team of four had arranged to meet at the entrance to the park at noon.

There were a number of derelict buildings in the area, and it was planned to search them.

Sgt Birchall said he and his team were searching Glenwood House and its outbuildings when one of his colleagues said he might have found something in the main house.

Sgt Birchall said he went into Glenwood House through the back door and into a room at the front of the house.

Asked by prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC what he saw, Sgt Birchall said he saw the "body of a female lying on the floor".

She was naked except for a pair of black socks, the court heard.

Sgt Birchall said he could not see Ana's face and he believed there was something across her face.

When he got closer he realised her hair was covering her face "as if she was thrashing her hair and it covered her face", he said.

Sgt Birchall also noted blood at Ana's nose and her head was tilted back.

There was a ligature or "noose" around her neck and she had three fingers inside it, as if she was "pulling it away".

He checked for signs of life but there were none.

Sgt Birchall said that he and his team then left the building to allow Garda technical experts to photograph the scene.

In his evidence, garda Sean White said he was also part of the Divisional Search Team searching for Ana.

Garda White said that he had entered Glenwood House in Lucan through the back door. He went through a small porch and into the back kitchen.

Garda White said he then turned left into a "dark room". He said he "initially thought the body was a mannequin".

The body was naked and the feet were pointing towards him. He called out and there was no response.

Garda White said he took in his surroundings and the smell of dried blood, and he realised what he had found.

He called out to Sgt Birchall and the area was later declared a crime scene.

The trial continues.

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