A 13-year-old boy accused of the murder of schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel has been further remanded in custody for formal directions to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The teen faced his second hearing at the Dublin Children’s Court having been charged and remanded in custody last week.
Judge Brendan Toale heard it was a "complicated case" and he acceded to a request from Garda Inspector Mark O’Neill to remand the boy in continuing custody to appear again on 25 June.
The boy, who cannot be named because he is under 18, was charged with the murder of Anastasia Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan in Dublin on 14 May.
The teenager remained silent during the brief hearing.
Garda Inspector Mark O’Neill told Judge Toale: "I am looking for a further remand to obtain written DPP directions in this case".
Judge Toale noted from defence solicitor Donough Molloy that there was consent to the case being adjourned until 25 June next.
He asked if the directions will be ready then.
Gda Insp O’Neill said: "It is a complicated case, I’m not sure if we [will] have formal directions at that point. We will be making every effort to expedite matters."
The boy's parents and grandfather hugged him at the end of the hearing before he was escorted out to await transfer back to the Oberstown Detention Centre.
There was no indication as to how he will plead. Bail can only be granted by the High Court in murder cases.
Anastasia, known as Ana, left her home in Leixlip, at about 5pm to go to the nearby 200-acre St Catherine’s Park.
However, she did not return home. In the the following hours when her parents were unable to contact her phone they alerted gardaí.
The court has issued a warning that if the boy’s name, school or address, or a picture of him, was reproduced on social media it will result in a prosecution.