The two teenage boys found guilty of the murder of 14-year old Ana Kriégel last year, have been sentenced.
The 15 year-old referred as Boy A has been sentenced to life in detention, with a review of his sentence in 12 years.
The other party to Ana’s murder, referred to as Boy B who is now also aged 15, has been sentenced to 15 years, but his sentence will be reviewed after eight years.
Both were 13 years old when they killed the 14-year old girl in a derelict house in Lucan. Boy A also violently sexually assaulted the teenager, and was given an eight-year sentence for the sexual assault which will run concurrently with murder sentence.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott said this was a murder of the most serious, disturbing and shocking type.
The denial of Ana’s right to life was at the core of this process and she should be remembered as the child, daughter, sister and friend she was, the judge said, adding that her short life, the judge said should not be defined by the crimes committed against her.
“She was greater than that,” said Judge McDermott, and had a life she was living with energy, fun and imagination, dancing and music. “She was a lovely and loving child in a loving family.”
He said her family were bereft, and would suffer traumatic, devastating and lifelong consequences.
Sentencing Boy A, Justice McDermott said the mental terror and physical pain inflicted on Ana by Boy A was of a very high degree, and that the sexual assault was degrading, and the attack prolonged, callous and brutal.
Regarding Boy B, the judge said that the aggravating factors included his role in calling for Ana and tricking her into going with him to her death. He watched as Boy A stripped and assaulted her, the judge said, and then covered up his role by lying to the Gardai and his family.
Justice McDermott added that there was no evidence that either boy was suffering from a mental disorder, and noted that both came from secure, loving families. The horrific assault and murder were deliberately planned and there was little understanding or remorse, he said.
There was very little to dissuade the court from a very severe sentence, he added.
He said their cases would be reviewed after a time, and they had an opportunity to be given a second chance, ‘”something you denied to Ana”.