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Boy accused of schoolgirl’s murder thought she was a ‘weirdo’, court told

A boy accused of murdering a schoolgirl in the Republic told garda interviewers that he thought of Ana Kriegel as a
A boy accused of murdering a schoolgirl in the Republic told garda interviewers that he thought of Ana Kriegel as a "weirdo" and she wasn't liked because she was "different", a Dublin trial has heard

By Eimear Cotter

A boy accused of murdering a schoolgirl in the Republic told garda interviewers that he thought of Ana Kriegel as a "weirdo" and she wasn't liked because she was "different", a Dublin trial has heard.

Boy B also said that Boy A was "weird, not a rational thinker".

Asked by gardai if Boy A was a goth, Boy B said: "No, he's more strange."

The teen further told gardai that Boy A was "not really my friend since what happened".

Boy B said he had called for Ana because he was asked to do so by Boy A. He initially refused but Boy A started "whinging" and saying "please, please" and he had agreed to do so.

Questioned by gardai if he had asked Boy A why he wanted him to call to Ana's house, Boy B said Boy A told him "relationship problems". He said Ana had a crush on Boy A and he didn't want to be in a relationship with her.

The two youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ana Kriegel (14) in Lucan on May 14 last year. Boy A has also denied aggravated sexual assault.

Yesterday, the jury watched video footage of gardai interviews with Boy B at Finglas Garda Station on May 24, 2018.

During the interviews, Boy B told gardai he called to Ana's house and when she came to the door she asked him what he wanted. "I replied '[Boy A] wants to see you'," he said.

Boy B said that Ana's face "lightened up" when he told her.

He told gardai that as he and Ana walked through the park gates she showed him a photo on her mobile phone of herself strapped to a chair with duct tape.

"It was a really scary photo," he said.

Boy B further said that Boy A "seemed surprised to see me" when he met him in the park.

Boy B said he and Ana were walking towards the spot where he had arranged to meet Boy A when he saw somebody all in black walking in front of them.

The person turned and it was Boy A.

Boy B said he was with them for a couple of minutes until he started dropping back to give them space. Boy B said he then told them "I'm gone, see yous" and Boy A turned around and said "I'll see you".

Asked by gardai why Boy A didn't go to Ana's house, Boy B said his guess was that he (Boy A) was "too shy" or he "didn't want to be seen with her in public".

Boy B said that some people who had been asked out by Ana got "negative backlash".

During the second interview, gardai asked Boy B to describe Ana Kriegel.

Boy B said Ana was not liked and she was "outcasted" because she was "different" and "weird".

He said she was taller and more mature than other girls, and her breasts, posture and hips had developed more than other girls.

She was a "lonely and sad person" and had been through depression quite a bit, he said.

Boy B said Ana was a goth and dressed all in black, usually in "slutty clothes", like tight trousers, short shorts and T-shirts.

She was also anti-social, had dyed her hair and wore "so much make-up".

"If you asked her to hang out she'd probably say no," Boy B said.

Asked what he thought of her, Boy B said he "thought of her as a weirdo. Someone I shouldn't be around".

The trial continues.

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