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Boy lured teen to farmhouse and watched as pal aged 13 killed her, Dublin court told

Victim: Anastasia Kriegel
Victim: Anastasia Kriegel

By Andrew Phelan

One of the two boys accused of murdering teenager Ana Kriegel in the Republic "lured" her to a derelict farmhouse then watched "voyeuristically" as the other sexually assaulted and murdered her, Dublin's Central Criminal Court has heard.

Investigating gardai found a zombie mask, shin guards, knee pads and gloves in a backpack worn by the boy who carried out the attack, the prosecution alleged.

Prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC also said that Ana was last seen alive in the company of one of the accused.

The youths, who are now 14, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Anastasia Kriegel at Glenwood House in Lucan on May 14 last year. One of the boys, Boy A, has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

In his opening address Mr Grehan said that at 1pm on May 17 gardai, who had been looking for Ana, searched a derelict building where they found her body. She had been reported missing three days earlier by her parents.

Ana was found naked, except for her socks, and there was a ligature around her neck.

Mr Grehan said she had obvious head injuries, the scene was bloody and blood was splattered around the room. He said gardai began a murder investigation, and Professor Marie Cassidy conducted a post-mortem, which found Ana suffered severe and extensive injuries to her head and neck, which caused her death.

Mr Grehan said it is alleged that Ana was last seen by her family at around 5pm on May 14 when she left her home as a result of a visit by Boy B. She left in his company and was last seen at a public park with him.

Having failed to find Ana, her family made various attempts to locate her before going to Lucan Garda Station.

Both boys would go on to give different accounts of where they had been at the time.

It was alleged Boy A was connected to the scene by male DNA found on Ana's neck and on the tape used as a ligature on her neck, as well as semen found on her top.

Various items were found in Boy A's home that were connected to him and also connected to the alleged murder. This included the contents of a distinctive backpack he was seen carrying in the park containing "gloves, kneepads, shin guards and perhaps most chillingly, a zombie-type mask."

"There is no explanation consistent with innocence to explain these objective scientific facts," Mr Grehan told the jury.

The prosecution's case against Boy B was that he aided and abetted in the murder of Ana by assisting and helping Boy A, knowing what was going to happen.

Later, Ana's mother' told the court her daughter she was "a loner" who found it difficult to make friends and was "bullied endlessly" in secondary school.

Geraldine Kriegel said Ana was adopted from Russia by herself and husband Patrick when two-and-a-half years old.

Mrs Kriegel told the court that Ana had been cyber-bullied by a number of older students.

"There were awful, insulting things to make her feel small," Mrs Kriegel added.

Mrs Kriegel took screenshots of some sexually explicit messages sent to Ana and brought them to the attention of the school principal.

She told the court that Ana created a YouTube account and uploaded videos of her dancing, but these also attracted nasty comments. "One said he would have her executed," she added. "Another said 'go die'."

The trial continues.

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