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Girl (14) died in 'horrific' way, murder trial hears

Murdered: Ana Kriegel
Murdered: Ana Kriegel

By Eimear Cotter

Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck and suffered a "very horrific death", a trial heard.

Retired State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy told the trial of two 14-year-old boys accused of murder that Ana was found dead in a derelict building a few days after she was reported missing.

She was naked and there was evidence she had been violently assaulted in the building where she was found.

The post-mortem showed Ana had suffered severe and extensive injuries, which were mostly confined to the head and neck.

Prof Cassidy also said that there was evidence of penetration or attempted penetration of the vagina. She identified more than 50 areas of injury on Ana's head and body.

In cross-examination, Prof Cassidy agreed with Boy B's lawyer that Ana had suffered a "very horrific death".

The two youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Ana Kriegel (14) at Glenwood House in Lucan, Co Dublin on May 14, 2018. Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the jury that an application had been made to excuse the accused from attending during Prof Cassidy's testimony, and he had agreed to that application.

Prof Cassidy gave evidence that she was told Ana had been last seen at 5.30pm on May 14, 2018. A search had taken place in a local park between May 14 and May 17, and her body was located at 1pm that day.

Prof Cassidy said that she attended the derelict building where Ana's body was found.

The teenager was lying on her back and her arm was grasping a ligature on her neck. In cross-examination, Prof Cassidy agreed with Patrick Gageby SC, for Boy A, that there was no pathological evidence of ligature strangulation.

The jury also heard from a guidance counsellor who said Boy B emphasised to her "around 10 times" he was not the last person to see Ana on the day she disappeared.

The trial continues.

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