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Monday 11 December 2017

Double murder accused said he and victim had 'sexual contact'

The trial of Aurimas Andruska (inset) for the murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her eight year old daughter Enrika in Killorglin in June 2013 began yesterday
The trial of Aurimas Andruska (inset) for the murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her eight year old daughter Enrika in Killorglin in June 2013 began yesterday
Aurimas Andruska pictured at an earlier hearing at Kenmare District Court when the book of evidence was served for the murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her eight year old daughter Enrika in Killorglin in June 2013. Picture: Eamonn Keogh
Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter, Enrika
Mum Jolanta Lubite and her daughter Enrika Lubite.

A MAN accused of the double murder of a mother and her daughter last year had sexual contact with the parent days before she died.

Aurimas Andruska (27) told gardai he had called to the home of Jolanta Lubiene at 9 Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry, on June 14 with a bottle of rum and they intimate in a sexual way.

He had also been at her home three days before that to collect CDs she was giving away.

Andruska, of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry denies murdering the 27-year-old and her daughter Enrika (8) at the rented home they shared on a date unknown between June 15 and June 17, 2013.

Senior counsel Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting, said Ms Lubiene's relationship with her husband Marius Lubys was "up and down".

She was last seen on Langford Street on Saturday afternoon, June 15, as she made her way home from work at St Joseph's Nursing Home.

The bodies were found inside their home on June 16 after relatives and friends had become concerned.

Ms Kennedy said the trial would hear evidence from Sr Elizabeth Farrell, who saw what she described as a "mess" on the first three steps of the stairs and could hear a dog barking inside.

Later that night, a friend of Ms Lubiene's called to the house when she hadn't got a response to any of her calls or text messages and saw what she thought was blood through a window and a body in the kitchen.

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She immediately alerted gardai. Gda Eamonn Prenderville entered the house and discovered the body of Ms Lubiene in the kitchen.

Upstairs, he found the body of Enrika on the landing, lying face down.

Post-mortem examinations carried out by assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster at Kerry General Hospital revealed they had died from haemorrhage and shock as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Enrika had sustained a head injury in the hallway and bled heavily as she made her way upstairs, the court heard. Her mother was stabbed in the kitchen and had tried to make her escape out the back door.

Witnesses will include Ms Lubiene's husband and Enrika's father, Marius Lubys, and her sister Kristina Kuleviciene as well as over 100 other witnesses.

The victims' mother and grandmother was also in court. The trial that's expected to last up to four weeks.

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