The late Anastasia (Ana) Kriegel
The jury in the trial of two boys accused of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel, who have spent 14 hours and 4 minutes considering their verdicts, are continuing their deliberations at the Central Criminal Court today, Tuesday, June 18.
The accused, who are both 14, cannot be named because they are minors. They have each pleaded not guilty to murdering Ana at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan on 14th May last year. Boy A is further charged with Ana's aggravated sexual assault in a manner that involved serious violence to her. He has pleaded not guilty to that count also.
The jury were again given DVDs of Boy Bs 16 hours of interviews this morning before the eight men and four women returned to their deliberations. At 1pm they went for lunch and Justice Paul McDermott asked them to return at 2pm.
In his address to the jury last week Justice McDermott said there were two verdicts the jury could return in relation to each of the murder charges against Boy A and Boy B, namely; guilty of murder or not guilty. He said there were two verdicts in relation to the aggravated sexual assault charge against Boy A; guilty or not guilty.
He told them: "When a verdict is reached in respect of any or all of those counts, insert it into the box and sign the issue paper." He added that each count must be considered separately.
The judge said there was a large amount of evidence for them to consider, adding: "It is an unusual case, a case of which two juveniles are accused of murder."
He reminded the jury that if they had a "reasonable doubt" on the evidence they must acquit and this has to be based "on reason and not a fleeting doubt". He also told the jury that they had a large number of exhibits available to them.