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Boy talked of killing Ana Kriegel, his co-accused tells trial

Murdered: Ana Kriegel
Murdered: Ana Kriegel

A boy charged with the murder of a schoolgirl in the Republic told Garda interviewers that his co-accused told him he was planning to kill 14-year-old Ana Kriegel but he didn't think he was being serious, a trial in Dublin heard.

The accused, who were 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering Ms Kriegel in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Yesterday the jury finished watching video footage of interviews which gardai conducted with Boy B after he was arrested for a second time on suspicion of the murder of Ana.

Boy B told gardai that other friends told him that Boy A had said he was going to kill someone, but he didn't think he was serious. Boy B said Boy A had also approached him the previous month and said to him: "Hey, wanna kill somebody."

Boy B said he told him no, and that it was "retarded".

Boy B said he had asked Boy A who he was planning to kill, and was told Ana Kriegel. Boy B said he replied: "In your dreams."

Boy B told gardai he thought Boy A was messing, and he knew he wasn't being serious.

This was because he and his friends "joke around all the time" and never mean stuff, he said.

Boy B said that when Boy A asked him to call for Ana on May 14, Boy A told him it was relationship issues.

Detective Garda Donal Daly put it to Boy B that he had to tell the truth.

"I didn't know what Boy A was planning," Boy B said.

Asked why he did not go for help when he realised what was happening, Boy B said he was "scared" and "shocked".

"My brain was frozen, frozen in place.

"I didn't know what to do", he said.

Gda Daly put it to Boy B that he could have saved Ana. "I know," he said. Asked why he did not try and save her, Boy B responded: "I don't know."

Boy B also told Gda Daly he was ashamed for running away and not helping Ana.

Asked why he didn't say what had happened when gardai called to his home investigating Ana's disappearance, Boy B said he was "scared to tell anyone".

He said he "just tried to forget about it" and tried to pretend that nothing had happened.

"You made up stories," Gda Daly said.

"I was scared," Boy B replied.

"Scared of what?" Gda Daly asked.

"I was scared of being framed by (Boy A)," he responded.

The trial continues.

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