A 25-year-old woman was charged in court today relating to the publication on social media of images of the two boys who murdered teenager Ana Kriégel.

Rebecca Ryan, with an address at Priory Lawn, Ballybeg in Waterford city, was charged before a sitting of Waterford District Court.

She did not appear in court in line with Covid-19 regulations, which state that accused persons only need make themselves present when a case goes to hearing.

Ms Ryan is charged with two counts relating to the publication on Twitter, in or around 19 June last year, of images of Boy A and Boy B who were convicted of Ana's murder.

A court order, and the Children's Act, prevent the identification in any way of the two boys.

Judge Kevin Staunton accepted jurisdiction in the case, which the DPP had recommended be dealt with summarily, and adjourned the matter until 10 December, for a plea or to set a date for hearing.

He assigned solicitor Hilary Delahunty to represent Ms Ryan in the case.

The penalties which could be imposed in the district court on these charges are a maximum fine of €1,500 and/or a prison sentence of up to 12 months, the court heard.

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Detective Garda Niall Carolan, of Harcourt Square Garda Station in Dublin, handed over the garda statements in the case to Mr Delahunty after the latter asked for all relevant material to be disclosed.

Ana Kriégel was 14 when she was sexually assaulted and murdered at a disused house in Lucan in May 2018.

Two boys, known as Boy A and Boy B, were convicted of her murder in June 2019. Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault. He received a life sentence while Boy B was given a 15-year sentence, which is currently under appeal.

Gardaí began an investigation in June 2019 after an image purporting to be of Boy A and Boy B was circulated on social media.

Ms Ryan is the first person to be prosecuted as part of that lengthy investigation.