Boy B told garda he thought of Ana 'as a weirdo', court hears

One of the boys accused of murdering Ana Kriegel told gardaí Ana was a "lonely" girl who was "outcasted" and added that he thought of her as a "weirdo, somebody who I should not be around," the Central Criminal Court has heard,

The jury has been watching video footage of interviews Boy B gave to gardaí at Finglas Garda Station on May 24, 2018, ten days after Ana went missing and seven days after her body was discovered in an abandoned house.

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 the 14-year-old’s aggravated sexual assault in a manner that involved serious violence to her. He has pleaded not guilty to that count.

In his second interview, Boy B told gardaí that he was satisfied with how he had been treated, saying: "You have treated me with fair questions."

Gardaí asked him to tell them about Ana and he replied that she was "different". He said she was "much more mature" than other girls and developed more quickly.

He said she was "kind of like, outcasted," and added: "She wasn't very popular. Sometimes I would see her walking by herself with her headphones in, just walking."

He added: "I would consider her to be a lonely kind of a sad person. She has been through depression quite a bit."

He also described her as a Goth, telling gardaí she dressed all in black and "usually would be in kind of like slutty clothes, like really short t-shirts or really tight trousers or really short shorts. All in all, she was just different."

Gardaí asked him to explain what he meant by "more mature" and he said that she was "much taller" and had developed more than other girls. Explaining her lack of popularity he said she was not liked because she was different.

She would be by herself most of the time and was "anti-social". She would dye her hair and wore "so much make-up on her face," he said.

He added: "If you asked her to hang out she would probably say no." He explained his use of the word "slutty" by saying she "wore the kind of stuff that made her breasts stand out and her hips stand out. It looked like she wanted people to look at her by the clothes she was wearing."

A garda asked Boy B what he thought of Ana. He said: "I thought of her as a weirdo. Somebody who I should not be around."

Talking about Boy A, Boy B said that he is "not really my friend any more since what happened."

When gardaí asked him what he meant he said that a garda had told him that Boy A told gardaí that he didn't ask Boy B to call for Ana on the day she went missing. This was a lie, Boy B said.

The trial continues in front of Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of eight men and four women.

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