‘Life without Ana is no longer a life’

by Padraig Conlon

“Life without Ana is no longer a life, nor is it even an existence, it is a misery that we must endure for the rest of our lives.”

The heart-breaking words of Ana Kriegel’s mother, Geraldine from her victim impact statement in the Central Criminal Court on Tuesday were powerful and emotional.

She and her husband Patric were in court for the sentencing of the two 15-year old boys for the murder of the little girl who was the love of their lives.

“Every night she came to kiss us and she said, always in French, ‘Good night, sleep tight, have beautiful dreams, I love you’, Mrs Kriegel told the court.

“She cannot do that anymore, and we cannot tell you how badly that hurts.”

Mrs Kriegel told Judge Paul McDermott that May 17, 2018 was the saddest day of their lives, when they heard the words no parent ever wants to hear, “we are so sorry”.

“The depth of pain and haunting nightmares that we live with following the formal identification of Ana in such traumatic and horrific circumstances.

“There is no way to describe how that feels,” Mrs Kriégel said.

“We brought Ana to live in a ‘safe’ place, a quiet country village, a leafy suburb, where the only sounds in the morning are the doves cooing.

“No one could suspect the evil that lay in waiting for her. No one could anticipate the darkness that swirled in the souls of those that murdered and violated her.

“How could any child, or even any adult, imagine in their worst nightmares the danger that lay ahead.

“She wanted to live but she was not permitted to do that.

“Our lives are destroyed by what happened to Ana.”

Mrs Kriegel finished her victim impact statement by addressing her daughter: “Thank you Ana, for giving us all of that precious love.

“We miss you. We love you. No one can ever take that away from us.”

Earlier, the court had heard from Detective Inspector Mark O’Neill, who gave a summary of the evidence and agreed with prosecution counsel, Brendan Grehan that Boy A appeared to have accepted that he caused her death.

The two 15-year-olds, known as Boy A and Boy B, were found guilty in June of Ana’s murder at Glenwood House in Laraghcon, on the Clonee Road in May 2018.

Boy A was also found guilty of aggravated sexual assault.

The boys were not sentenced to the mandatory term of life in prison for murder because of their age.

Instead they were remanded to Oberstown Detention Centre to allow reports to be prepared.

Sentencing of both boys was adjourned until next Tuesday morning.

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