One of the two boys convicted of the murder of schoolgirl Ana Kriégel has withdrawn his appeal against his conviction for the murder.

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal dismissed an application by the boy, known as 'Boy B', to introduce fresh evidence at his appeal.

He had claimed garda interviews were inadequate and inappropriate and should not have been admitted at his trial in 2019.

His substantive appeal was due to get under way this morning.

It is understood it would have focused on the argument that the trial judge should have allowed the jury to consider the verdict of manslaughter in Boy B's case.

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This morning his defence counsel, James Dwyer, told the court his client wanted to withdraw his appeal against his conviction. The court heard he has just turned 18 years old.

Mr Justice John Edwards asked Boy B directly if it was his wish to withdraw the appeal and if he understood the implications.

The boy confirmed that he had consulted with his lawyers and wanted to withdraw the appeal.

There are no further proceedings in the case and Mr Justice Edwards said he wanted to express his condolences to Ana's mother and family who were in court.

Boy B was sentenced in 2019 to 15 years' detention with a review of the sentence after eight years.

The other boy convicted of the murder, known as Boy A, did not appeal his conviction.

Boy A was sentenced to life in detention with a review after 12 years.


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