A woman who “probably overcame” her emotions in deciding to identify the boys convicted of Ana Kriégel’s murder has received a full suspended sentence.
ouise Heaney (49 years old) posted a photo of the two boys on social media, but removed it shortly afterwards. The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court had no objection to her taking or creating the photo.
The court heard that the murder trial had brought back memories of the murder of a friend’s son and that she posted the photo during “a moment of lapsed judgment”.
Heaney of Killinarden Heights, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to publishing photos of Boy A and Boy B on Facebook contrary to the Children Act 2001 on June 18, 2021. She has no criminal record.
Through today’s sentencing, judge Martin Nolan said that on that particular day, Heaney “probably passed” out of emotion, but that was not a great excuse.
The judge said it was a rather serious crime in the sense that the court ordered that any documents that could identify the children be released. This has been clarified by the judges at the court, he said, and their comments have been widely broadcast and published.
He said he accounted for the violation at the lower end of the scale and that very few people could see the photo.
Judge Nolan sentenced Heaney to 18 months in prison but gave him a full suspended sentence with strict conditions.
Sergeant Eamon O’Neill told Gerardine Small BL, which is prosecuting, that two men known as Boy A and Boy B were found guilty of murdering Ana Kriégel in June 2019. Orders were issued saying no What tends to determine either boy can be published.
Sergeant O’Neill said that an image depicting a group of children was posted on social media. The faces of three of the children are marked with “rude” in red, while the faces of two boys are circled with the letters “A” and “B” next to them.
Gardaí contacted Heaney about the photo and she invited them to attend at her home. When they arrived, she admitted to posting the photo.
Heaney told gardaí she has kept herself informed of the court’s results through social media. She says she has a family friend whose son was murdered, so she has an interest in any injustice towards children.
She admitted she was aware of the order and that the children were not named. She said she sent the pictures via Facebook Messenger to about 10 people.
When asked why she shared it, Heaney said it was an emotional impulse, that there was no malicious intent and that she wouldn’t do it again.
She said she took the image from the comments section of another post about the trial and removed it herself shortly after she posted it.
Heaney tells gardaí that she regrets posting it and is very apologetic.
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Garda agreed with the attorney that it was not suggested that his client took or produced this photo.
Mr. Nolan said his client comes from a community where a friend’s son was murdered. He said the trial brought all of that back and in “a moment of lapsed judgment” she posted this photo.
Counsel said this was done immediately and was taken down very quickly. He said his client has never had a problem before.
He said his client has six children and has also been involved in the upbringing of many. He said his client had volunteered to join the Rape Crisis Center.
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