Sentencing of boys convicted of Ana Kriégel’s murder adjourned

by Padraig Conlon
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The sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has been adjourned to 29 October as psychiatric reports on the two teenagers have not been completed.

The Central Criminal Court was told Ana’s parents have prepared a statement detailing the impact her death has had on their lives but they wanted it to be heard when the sentencing of the boys takes place.

The two 14-year-old boys, known as Boy A and Boy B, were convicted last month of the murder of the schoolgirl at Glenwood House in Laraghcon on the Clonee Road in May 2018.

Boy A was also found guilty of violently sexually assaulting her.

Both boys were in court today and sat with their parents.

The judge, Mr Justice Paul McDermott, said probation reports had been prepared and were before the court although they had not yet been seen by the prosecution or the defence. 

Brendan Grehan SC, on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions, said psychiatric reports had been ordered by the court but no assessments have yet been carried out.

He said the court must consider the provisions of the Children’s Act and in relation to Boy A, the provisions of the Sex Offenders’ Act. 

Mr Justice McDermott said it would be inappropriate to proceed with the sentencing hearing without the psychiatric reports the court had requested.

He also said reports will be drawn up by two teams of psychiatrists in relation to the boys and these would take some time to put together so it didn’t seem realistic these reports would be completed before the end of July.

Mr Justice McDermott adjourned the sentencing to 29 October and remanded the two boys back to Oberstown detention centre until then.

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