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Woman who shared Boy A’s identity gets suspended sentence

Hazel Fitzpatrick has been given an eight-month suspended sentence for sharing a photo on social media of one of the boys convicted of murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriégel.

Fitzpatrick had posted a picture on social media of Boy A on the day that they were sentenced for the crime back in May 2018.

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In the Facebook post she stated, “Name and shame – justice was served but they should not be allowed to see daylight again”.

She shortly deleted the post following advice from her friends who had messaged her.

When Gardaí arrived at her door, she said that it was a major shock and that she “had made the biggest mistake of her life”.

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Judge Karen O’Connor said that she was remorseful but that Fitzpatrick’s actions were a serious breach of a court order and that there had to be an element of a deterrent.

She said that Fitzpatrick was very remorseful, of previous good character, admitted early on what she had done, was in a dark place at the time and under pressure with work and had two young children.

Fitzpatrick is the first of ten people, who were arrested and brought before the courts in Dublin for allegedly naming Boy A and Boy B, to be convicted and sentenced.

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

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