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Ana Kriegel's mum tells court of concern at boy caller

Tragic: Anastasia Kriegel
Tragic: Anastasia Kriegel

By Cate McCurry

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel was "immediately concerned" when she discovered her daughter had left home with one of the boys accused of killing her, a court has heard.

Geraldine Kriegel said she was left "terrified" after the 14-year-old, who she described as a great communicator, did not respond to her texts or phone calls.

On the second day of the trial at Central Criminal Court in Dublin, Mrs Kriegel said she had texted Ana "home now" and when she failed to respond she texted her again saying she would "call the police" if she did not answer.

The court heard previously that Ana's naked body was found in a derelict house in Lucan, Co Dublin, days after she went missing in May last year.

Two boys are standing trial for her murder.

Boy A has pleaded not guilty to the murder and sexual assault "involving serious violence" of the schoolgirl. Boy B has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Both boys cannot be identified because of their age.

Mrs Kriegel brushed away tears as she recalled the morning of the day that Ana disappeared.

She kissed her daughter goodbye and left for work in Dublin. It was the last time she saw Ana alive.

Later that day Ana called her mother at 4.02pm and 4.03pm, but she was in a meeting and was not able to answer her phone.

Mrs Kriegel arrived home at about 5.20pm and went into the back garden where her husband Patric was.

"It was a beautiful day, very sunny and warm. I asked Patric where Ana was and he said she left the house with (Boy B)," she said. "I was immediately concerned because no one calls for Ana. I couldn't understand. She had no friends."

Brendan Grehan, senior counsel for the State, asked if it was a source of worry for her.

"Yes," she replied.

The case continues.

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