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Woman who posted picture of Ana Kriégel murderer says it was “the biggest mistake” she ever made

After posting a picture of one of the two boys who murdered Ana Kriegél in 2019, a woman has said that it was “the biggest mistake” she ever made. Hazel Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to posting a picture of Boy A within the State on or about June 19th, 2019, in contravention to the Children’s Act 2001.

The 25-year-old, who has no previous convictions, stated that she shared the image because she was angry and upset and thought that it was wrong for their identities to be protected.

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Describing the two boys as “sickos” and that everyone should see who did it, the social media post read, “Name and shame the c*nts, justice was served but they should not be allowed to see daylight again”.

Sgt. O’Neil stated that the presiding judge of the trial had made an order that nothing could be published that would lead to the revelation of the boy’s identity and that this order was extensively reported by media outlets.

When gardaí approached Ms. Fitzspatrick’s house, she said that she was expecting them and agreed to do an interview after inviting them into her home.

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Explaining how being a mother formed part of her interest, she couldn’t understand how two juveniles could do what Boy A and Boy B did to Kriegél.

She was aware of the judge’s order and the consequences if breached. She admitted to sharing the material on Facebook and that she had screenshotted the photo from someone else’s page and shared it.

She removed the post shortly after receiving a number of texts from her friends. Kevin Roche BL, defending, stated that the incident happened out of “pure anger” and that Ms. Fitzpatrick was not part of a “greater conspiracy” to pervert the course of justice.

He also stated that his client was suffering from post-natal depression at the time of the offence and that she almost became “reliant and addicted to social media”.

Judge Karen O’Connor remanded Fitzpatrick on continuing bail and adjourned the matter for finalisation for November 18th.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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