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Saturday 16 December 2017

Bloody footprints found at scene of double murder

Jolanta
Jolanta

NUMEROUS bloody footprints were discovered at the home of slain Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika, when Garda ballistic experts examined the scene.

The Central Criminal Court yesterday heard that the tip of a blade was found near the body of Enrika Lubyte (8) which was lying on the floor in the landing.

A part of the knife was also recovered in the kitchen near the body of her mother Jolanta (27) after her body had been removed.

Both pieces of blade had blood on them and matched each other, but there was no knife recovered at the scene.

Aurimas Andruska (27) of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, denies murdering the mother and daughter at 9 Langford Downs in the town on a date unknown between June 15 and 17, 2013. They had both been stabbed to death.

Giving evidence at the trial in Tralee, Det Gda Ronan Lawlor from the Ballistic Section of the Garda Technical Bureau, said he took wet and dry swabs of the footprints that were found at various locations around the house, including in the kitchen, hallway, stairs, landing and the master bedroom.

A handprint in blood was also found on the wall about three-quarters of the way up the stairs, he said.

Distinctive

The footprints had a distinctive 'X' pattern on their soles and were 310mm in length or a little over 12 inches, the trial heard.

There were also bloody paw prints found, caused by blood being transferred by Ms Lubiene's miniature pincher dog, 'Chico'.

Det Gda Lawlor said there was a large amount of blood on the walls and floor of the utility room, but no footprints. These could have been distorted by the large amount of blood.

Ms Lubiene's body was discovered lying on her right hand side facing the door of the utility.

She was wearing white socks that were bloodied, black bottoms, underwear and a black top. Two slippers were found at different locations in the kitchen.

The body of her daughter was also fully clothed wearing jeans, t-shirt, vest, socks and runners.

She was lying in a pool of blood and there were blood stains on the floor, walls, doors and radiator.

The bloody footprints in the master bedroom were around the bed and got fainter nearer the window.

There was a shotgun cartridge recovered beside the bed.

There was also a blood stain on the curtain.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy today.

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