Read in full: Ana Kriegel's mother delivers victim impact statement to court

The mother of Ana Kriegel has told the Central Criminal Court that life without her daughter is a...

15.03 29 Oct 2019

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Read in full: Ana Kriegel's mother delivers victim impact statement to court


15.03 29 Oct 2019

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The mother of Ana Kriegel has told the Central Criminal Court that life without her daughter is a "misery that we must endure for the rest of our lives."

You can read her full victim impact statement here:

'The happiest day of our lives was the 10th August 2006 – the day the court declared that we could become the parents of Ana, who we felt was the most wonderful child in the world.


We agonised for so many years through a laborious adoption process, waiting for her, and when she came she brought to us everything we had dreamed of for all those years and much more.

All of the love and happiness that we longed for suddenly flooded into our lives. She was wild and wonderful; electric, so full of fun, madness and laughter.

We could not believe the happiness and joy we had found in our lives. She was the love of our lives and every single night before she went to bed, she told us that she loved us too. Every night she came to kiss us and she said, always in French:

“Bonne nuit,

“Dors bien,

“Fais de beaux réves,

“Je t’aime.”

“Good night, sleep tight have beautiful dreams, I love you.” She cannot do that anymore and we cannot tell you how badly it hurts.

kriegel sentencing Ana Kriegel

On Monday 14th May 2018, Ana didn’t come home.

The cold fear we felt knowing she was in serious danger, knowing that something or someone prevented her from coming home to us. We knew she would never stay out without permission. She would never hurt us. The panic, the dread, the agonising wait; the hours that turned into days.

We didn’t know where she was or what had happened to her. But somebody did. Somebody knew. We waited and waited for out little girl to come home. But she never did.

The saddest day of our lives was 17th May 2018.

Three days later we heard those dreaded words that no apparent wants to hear, “we are so sorry ....”

Our precious little girl’s body had been found. The depth of pain and haunting nightmares that we live with following the formal identification of Ana in such traumatic and horrific circumstances – there is no way to describe how that feels.

We brought Ana to live in a ‘safe’ place – a quiet country village; a leafy suburb where the only sounds in the morning are the doves cooing.

No-one could suspect the evil that lay in waiting for her. No one could anticipate the darkness that swirled in the souls of those that murdered and violated her.

How could any child or even any adult imagine, in their worst nightmares, the danger that lay ahead?

She wanted to live but she was not permitted to do that.

Kriegel Fresh flowers at the scene outside a deserted building in Lucan where Ana Kriegel was murdered last year, 19-06-2019. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

Our lives are destroyed by what happened to Ana. We cannot look at a group of teenage boys in the same way ever again. That cold fear hits and brings all the horror back.

Imagine the horror. Imagine the pain she suffered. That will live with us all our lives.

We lie awake at night thinking about the fear she felt when she realised she was going to be killed. We pace the house at night agonising about the torture she went through; the horrendous pain she suffered; the sadistic violation or her beautiful, pure and innocent body.

To think she was left to rot in that squalid hell hole for over three days. It is unbearable. It is inhuman.

The whole family and friends suffer so terribly every day and every night with the agony of knowing now, in the most explicit detail, what Ana was subjected to and knowing that her private life, along with the distorted misrepresentations of her by a twisted mind with tainted eyes, have been displayed on every TV station and newspaper in Ireland and across the world.

She was just a little girl with so many hopes and dreams and so much love inside her that she shared generously with all who knew her.

Ana Kriegel

Her dream was to build a hotel called 'The AnaLove Hotel'. She drew detailed floor plans and we, her parents, would have a special cottage on the land where we could spend holidays and be near her. Her plans, our future, shattered.

Her little sisters aged 10 and six are devastated that they never got to meet their big sister.

She was to meet them, for the first time ever, this year and we had to deliver the heart-breaking news, to her birth family, that they will never, ever see her.

When she had written to them previously, she said, in her own words. "I am so afraid that I will never meet you". Her fear was warranted.

She never did. They cried and cried. They will never feel her warm hugs and loving kisses or see her dance so elegantly or hear her infectious laughter and we will never experience that joy again.

Never, ever, again will we share the beautiful life we had with Ana. We have lost our child and the children she dreamed of having. Our grandchildren.

There are no words.

What words can describe how we feel at the loss of our wonderful little girl? She loved her life. She embraced all of the wonderful experiences life brought her. She was so kind to everyone.

The pain of living without her is unbearable. There is such emptiness in our lives without her.

Life, without Ana, is no longer a life, nor is it even an existence - it is a misery that we must endure for the rest of our lives.

Kriegel Garda forensic team officers at the scene outside a deserted building in Lucan, where Ana’s body was found, 17-05-2018. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

We have lost our precious daughter, her brother has lost his sister and every family occasion, without her, is entrenched with pain and sorrow.

How can there be any solace, in this conviction, for any of us? Ana's death is irreversible.

Shortly before she died she made a video, on her Snapchat story, as she walked to school with her school mates, and she said, I quote, "I love you guys so much, in fact I love all first years!"

Such was the big heart Ana had. She genuinely shared it with everyone.

At the start of secondary school she was asked to write a paragraph on her hopes for the future. This is what she wrote:

“My hopes for the Future.

“I hoped I would get in to [Ana's school], and I did, that is one goal down. My second hope is to go the Paris University, like my Dad, the hardest one to get in to, and when I come home from Paris I would like to get a dog. I would like to get married too; not sure I want any babies, well, not yet anyway. I hope that I have a good life. I hope everyone I meet will be nice."

We always felt that Ana was too good to be true. An ephemeral angel - in our hearts and in the hearts of the people of Ireland and Russia, with love, forever.

We are a broken family. Our hearts ache for you Ana.

So many of the people in Ana's life are traumatised and suffer nightmares, stress and anxiety. Not just adults but children who are not only traumatised but in fear for their own lives.

Ana is lost to all of those people that loved her. Remember how much she loved you and hold on to that love in your hearts.

Thank you Ana for giving us all of that precious love.

We miss you. We love you. No one can ever take that away from us.'

Additional reporting: Jack Quann

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