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Wednesday 23 August 2017

DNA from double murder accused found on girl's top

Jolanta and Enrika
Jolanta and Enrika

AN EIGHT-year-old girl found murdered at her Kerry home had been stabbed 11 times and had a number of small jab wounds on her body.

Enrika's mother Jolanta Lubiene (27) was stabbed 60 times in the kitchen and utility room and had tried to escape out the back door of her house, a court heard.

DNA from the man accused of their murders was found on the pink top worn by the little girl when she died.

Aurimas Andruska (27), a Lithuanian national with an address at Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, denies the double murder at Langford Downs on a date unknown between June 15 and 17, 2013.

The court heard both probably died on June 15, the day they were last seen alive.

Forensic scientist Dr Hilary Clarke carried out DNA profiling on the victims' clothing.

The clothes worn by mother and daughter on the day they died were produced in court.

Dr Clarke said the DNA of three people contributed to the DNA profile taken from Enrika's top; her own, her mother's and Aurimas Andruska's.

Elements were found on the top that matched Andruska's DNA from a reference sample.

There were no traces of saliva or semen found and none of the accused man's DNA was found on the bodies. Dr Clarke also examined blood stain patterns at the scene.

dragging

She said the patterns indicated that Ms Lubiene was stabbed in the kitchen area and attempted to get out through the back door of the utility room.

She said the lack of any signs of dragging suggest she came back into the kitchen herself where her body was ultimately discovered.

Dr Clarke said Enrika received a serious injury in the downstairs hallway and bled heavily while travelling upstairs to the landing where her body was found.

She could not tell the order in which they were killed.

Someone walked on her wet blood and there were numerous footwear marks found in the house.

The tip of a blade of a knife was found in a pool of the little girl's blood on the landing and Dr Clarke said she was satisfied this fitted another piece of a blade found in the kitchen.

Under cross examination from the defence, Dr Clarke said she could not say if Enrika had been wearing the top when the DNA was deposited.

The defence said Aurimas Andruska said he never touched Enrika but may have come into contact with her clothing.

He admitted to having been in Ms Lubiene's company in her home on Tuesday and again on either Thursday or Friday on the week before she died.

The trial continues.

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