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Ireland 'The love of our lives' - Ana Kriegel's mother Geraldine pays emotional tribute to daughter in victim impact statement

15:45  29 october  2019
15:45  29 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

Sentence hearing for two boys found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel set for next week

  Sentence hearing for two boys found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel set for next week Sentence hearing for two boys found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel set for next weekThis morning, Mr Justice Paul McDermott was told that a number of reports, including probation and psychiatric reports, had been prepared and had been made available to the parties.

The jury had been deliberating for 14 hours and 25 minutes since last Wednesday when shortly after 2pm, it became known that a verdict was imminent. Ana Kriégel ' s mother Geraldine sat close to the jury box as she had done throughout the trial with her eyes closed tightly and holding her husband's

The circumstances of Ana Kriegel ’ s short life and brutal death have made the case particularly disturbing for a country with little experience of premeditated murder by teens. Born in Siberia in 2004, she was adopted two years later from a Russian orphanage by Patric and Geraldine Kriegel

a person in a red shirt: Ana Kriegel’s body was found in a derelict house in Lucan, Co Dublin (Family Handout/PA) Ana Kriegel’s body was found in a derelict house in Lucan, Co Dublin (Family Handout/PA)

ANA Kriegel's mother Geraldine said that each night before her daughter went to sleep she would tell her in French: "Good night, sleep tight, have sweet dreams. I love you."

In a powerful and emotional victim impact statement, Geraldine Kriegel said the happiest day of her and her husband Patric's life was August 10, 2006 - the day they found out they were to be the parents of Ana.

When Ana arrived, she was everything they'd dreamed of. Ana was full of fun and "infectious laughter" and she was "the love of our lives".

When Ana didn't come home on May 14, 2018, Geraldine said they suffered panic and dread. The hours turned into days and they did not know where she was or what had happened. But somebody did, she said.

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Image caption Ana Kriégel ' s innocence and longing for friendship made her a vulnerable target. Last week's hearing heard that a Garda (Irish police) detective will give a summary of the evidence and that Ana 's adoptive parents, Geraldine and French-born Patric, will make a victim impact statement .

Paying tribute to Liverpool-born Ms Saward, her sister Mrs Lancaster - who knew her by the Brave Jill became the first sexual assault victim in the UK to waive her anonymity so she could speak out Describing the funeral as "almost our final goodbye", he said her mortal remains would later this year

May 17, 2018 was the saddest day of their lives, she said, when they were given the words that no parent ever wants to hear "we are so sorry".

a person wearing a suit and tie: Ana Kriegel’s parents, Geraldine and Patric Kriegel arriving at court for the boys’ trial (Brian Lawless/PA) © PA Wire/PA Images Ana Kriegel’s parents, Geraldine and Patric Kriegel arriving at court for the boys’ trial (Brian Lawless/PA) Geraldine said that their precious little girl had been found. There were no words to describe the depth of their pain.

She said that she and her husband had brought Ana to a safe place in Ireland, but that no one could suspect the evil that existed, or the darkness in the souls of the defendants.

Geraldine said that her life and her family's lives had been destroyed by what had happened to Ana, and imagining the terror and the pain she suffered would live with them all their lives.

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A Victim Impact Statement is the sole space where the criminal justice system allows the victim of Victims can choose to read their statement to the court themselves or have it read for them by the It is not often that we reveal our suffering plainly, explicitly before an audience. To do so publicly, and

She said it was unbearable to think of the inhumane way that Ana, "who loved her life and was kind to everyone", was left to rot in that "squalid hell hole" for three days.

Geradline said that life without Ana was no life, nor was it an existence. It was "a misery", she said.

Every family occasion is extremely difficult without Ana, whose death is irrevocable, she said.

Geraldine finished her victim impact statement saying to Ana: "We miss you, we love you, no one can ever take that away from us".

a little girl sitting at a table in front of a flower: Poignant: Flowers are left at the murder scene of Ana Kriegel, inset. Photo: Mark Condren © Independent News & Media Poignant: Flowers are left at the murder scene of Ana Kriegel, inset. Photo: Mark Condren Earlier, the Central Criminal Court heard from Detective Inspector Mark O'Neill, who outlined a summary of the evidence.

Insp O'Neill agreed with Brendan Grehan SC, prosecuting, that Boy A appeared to have accepted that he caused her death.

The teenager, named as Boy A in a number of professional reports, gave details of a headlock, chokehold, kicks and hitting Ana with a stick or concrete block, either throwing the block at her head or hitting it off her head three times.

Boy found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel appears to have accepted that he caused her death, court told

  Boy found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel appears to have accepted that he caused her death, court told Boy found guilty of murdering Ana Kriegel appears to have accepted that he caused her death, court toldThe teenager - known as Boy A in a number of professional reports - gave details of a headlock, chokehold, kicks and of hitting Ana with a stick or concrete block, either throwing the block at her head or hitting it off her head three times.

Victim Impact Statements were created as an opportunity for the judge to hear how a criminal action has affected you and those that you love . Victim Impact Statements are not limited to the courts. Many times, probation or paroling agencies allow for an opportunity to present a statement as well.

Emotionally absent mothers come with some variations, but the common theme is that they are insensitive to the emotional experience of their children. The last thing in the world I'd want is for them to become victims of the dysfunctional relationship between my mother and me.

The court heard that Boy A continued to maintain that he didn't sexually assault Ana, and offered alternative explanations about her injuries.

Meanwhile, Boy B maintained his position "in general terms" that he maintained with gardaí, during interviews, in that he ran away when he saw Boy A flip Ana to the ground, and that he did not have any part at all in what happened.

The teenagers, who are now 15 years old, were found guilty in June of the murder of Ana at an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan on May 14, 2018. Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

The boys, who were just 13 years old at the time of the murder, had denied the offences.

The sentence hearing continues before Mr Justice Paul McDermott.

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