The publishers of the Irish Daily Mail newspaper have been fined €25,000 for contempt of court arising from an article published during the trial of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel.

The newspaper's editor, Sebastian Hamilton was fined €4,500.

The contempt proceedings began following an article published on May 3rd 2019, headlined "CCTV shows Ana being led to her death".

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said the original copy filed by court reporter, Helen Bruce was accurate.

But it was rewritten by a member of editorial staff to include material that was not given in evidence.

Mr Justice McDermott said Ms Bruce bore no responsibility for what happened.

Mr Hamilton had given instructions that court copy was to be rewritten by the reporter herself but these instructions were ignored, in what the judge said was a "very serious lapse of professional standards."

He said the deputy news editor responsible for rewriting the copy went to some lengths to make sure the editor's direction was not followed and did not consult Ms Bruce on the rewritten article, effectively excluding her from any role in the article's production after she had filed her story.

The judge said this misreporting was a serious matter.

It expressed an opinion about what was seen in the CCTV footage, and there was a real risk to the administration of justice in the trial, particularly in relation to the second named accused boy, Boy B,  who had denied knowing that the other boy intended to kill Ana.

He said it also had the real potential to put more pressure on each of the two accused boys, by presenting an adverse view of Boy B's case.

Mr Justice McDermott said he accepted there was no deliberate attempt to interfere with the administration of justice.

But he said there was serious disruption to the trial.

He said the sensitivities of the case were well known to all the parties but a situation arose in which there was little or no effective editorial control over the manner in which the story was transformed into the article which was actually published.

The judge said he judged a penalty of €30,000 for the publishers of the newspaper, Associated Newspapers (Ireland) was appropriate but reduced it to €25,000 to take mitigating factors into account.

Mr Hamilton had not pleaded guilty to contempt although he had expressed his regret and explained the circumstances which led to the article's publication.

The judge said Mr Hamilton had left the office and was not present when decisions in relation to the article were made.

He had given a direction that matters should not proceed as they did, but this was ignored.

That was a systems failure, the judge said, for which Mr Hamilton as editor was responsible.

He said an appropriate fine would be €7,500 but he reduced this to €4,500 to take into account mitigation and gave Mr Hamilton six weeks to pay it.