Ana Kriegel trial jury sent home for weekend after seven hours of deliberations

Update 4pm: The jury in the trial of two boys accused of murdering Anastasia Kriegel has ceased their deliberations and will return to court on Monday to continue considering their verdicts.

The jury had spent seven hours and 15 minutes considering their verdict over three days when Justice Paul McDermott told the eight men and four women they could go home for the weekend.

He warned them not to talk about the trial to anyone outside their number and not to pay attention to media reports relating to the trial.

This morning the foreman of the jury passed a note to Justice McDermott requesting seven discs containing videos of the interviews Boy B gave to gardaí in May and July, 2018.

Before leaving for the weekend the foreman asked for a larger screen for viewing the DVDs to be supplied on Monday.

Justice McDermott said he would see to it that a larger screen is made available.

Yesterday, the jury asked for exhibits including a pair of gloves the prosecution has alleged were worn by Boy A during the alleged assault on Ana and a stick found at the scene that a forensic scientist said had blood matching that of Ana's on it.

The accused, who are both 14, cannot be named because they are minors.

They have each pleaded not guilty to murdering the 14-year-old Kildare schoolgirl at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan on 14 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.

In his address to the jury earlier this 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 the jury could return 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.

Ana Kriegel murder trial jury asks for DVDs of Boy B's garda interviews

Update 12.40pm: The jury in the trial of two boys accused of murdering Kildare schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel has asked for DVDs of the second accused's garda interviews.

The eight men and four women have been considering their verdicts for more than seven hours following a trial that began on April 30.

This morning the foreman of the jury passed a note to Justice Paul McDermott requesting seven discs containing videos of the interviews Boy B gave to gardaí in May and July, 2018.

Yesterday, the jury asked for exhibits including a pair of gloves the prosecution has alleged were worn by Boy A during the alleged assault on Ana and a stick found at the scene that a forensic scientist said had blood matching that of Ana's on it.

The accused, who are both 14, cannot be named because they are minors. They have each pleaded not guilty to murdering the 14-year-old Kildare schoolgirl 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.

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