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IrelandAna was 'struck several times with a weapon' as she lay on the ground, expert tells trial

20:05  14 may  2019
20:05  14 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Ana was 'struck several times with a weapon' as she lay on the ground, expert tells trial Ana Kriegel (14)

SCHOOLGIRL Ana Kriegel was struck several times with a weapon as she lay on the ground, a blood splatter expert has told a trial.

The blood splatter in the room where Ana's body was found also indicated her head was in contact with the wall when she was struck, John Hoade, an expert in blood splatter analysis with Forensic Science Ireland, said in his evidence.

Mr Hoade told the Central Criminal Court that he visited Glenwood House in Lucan on May 18 and May 20, 2018.

He was aware that Ana's body had been found on May 17. He had been told she had been assaulted and there was a laceration to her head that had bled.

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Mr Hoade said that when he attended the scene on May 18, he noted a number of types of blood staining, including saturation blood staining, impact pattern staining, cast-off pattern staining and swipe staining.

He pointed out seven areas of blood staining on a 3d reconstruction of the crime scene to the jury.

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Mr Hoade said that impact splatter on the wall and saturation staining on the carpet would indicate that Ana was "struck several times with a weapon" in this location.

This staining was in the corner on the left side when you entered the room, Mr Hoade told prosecutor Brendan Grehan SC.

Saturation blood staining on the carpet would also indicate Ana lay in that position for some time after she was assaulted, though he could not say how long she had lain in that area.

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He said her body had subsequently moved or been moved to the back of the room.

Blood splatter on the wall would also indicate that Ana's head was "in contact with the wall when she was struck", Mr Hoade said.

Ana was 'struck several times with a weapon' as she lay on the ground, expert tells trial © Independent.ie Ana Kriegel (14)

He also said there were patterns showing blood staining resulting from an object striking liquid blood as well as cast-off patterns showing blood, which was flung from a weapon.

The jury also heard that Ana "bled from her injuries" and Mr Hoade agreed with Mr Grehan that there was "quite an amount of blood".

Mr Hoade said swabs were taken from the blood samples on the wall and the DNA profile of the blood matched the DNA profile taken from Ana during the post-mortem.

The two youths, aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering Ana Kriegel (14) at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14 last year.

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Boy A has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Ana was 'struck several times with a weapon' as she lay on the ground, expert tells trial © Provided by The Press Association Garda have been giving evidence to the murder trial in Dublin (handout/PA)

Earlier, Detective Garda Gabriel Newton gave evidence of collecting the clothing which Boy A and Boy B were wearing on the day Ana went missing.

Det Gda Newton, who was investigating an alleged assault on Boy A at the time, called to his home at 7pm on May 16, 2018.

She said she told Boy A's parents that any evidence on the boy's clothes could be helpful in identifying his attackers.

The jury was shown the items given to Det Gda Newton by Boy A and his parents, namely a black hoodie top, white t-shirt, black boots and grey/black bottoms as well as a mobile phone.

Det Gda Newton said Boy A's mother told her she had washed the clothes twice.

The jury was told that Det Gda Newton called to Boy B's home on May 17, 2018, and his mother also handed over his clothes, which included a pair of blue runners, a grey hoodie, black bottoms and a white polo t-shirt with a navy collar.

The trial continues tomorrow before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of eight men and four women.

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