Friday 22 September 2017

Psychiatric report ordered for accused in double murder

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A PSYCHIATRIC report has been ordered on the Lithuanian man accused of the murders of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika.

Aurimas Andruska (26), of Ard Moneil Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, was formally charged with the murder of the eight-year-old schoolgirl on June 15, before yesterday's sitting of Killarney District Court.

A charge for the unlawful killing of Enrika Lubyte was withdrawn.

Det Sgt John Kelly said the accused made no reply to the charge after formal caution.

He is also accused of the murder of Ms Lubiene (27) on the same date.

Their bodies were discovered at the rented home they shared at Langford Downs on the outskirts of Killorglin on June 16.

They had both met with violent deaths. Ms Lubiene suffered multiple stab wounds to the body, arms and hands as she tried to defend herself. Her daughter had been stabbed in the throat.

Mr Andruska's solicitor Peter Malone made an application for legal aid in respect of the charge and asked for a psychiatric report to be prepared on the basis of "a degree of concern expressed by the medical officer in the prison service".

Mr Andruska has been in custody in Cork Prison since his arrest for the murders last Friday.

He was brought to Killarney District Court in a garda van and members of the public shouted abuse at him as gardai brought him into the court in handcuffs shortly before 11am.

Ms Lubiene's husband, Marius Lubys, and her sister, Kristina Kuleviciene, were both in court for the hearing.

Ms Kuleviciene wept throughout the hearing.

Mr Andruska, who wore black tracksuit bottoms and a light grey striped hooded top, was sworn in through an interpreter. He indicated he understood the charge.

Judge James O'Connor remanded him in custody to appear before Tralee District Court on July 9. He also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased both here and abroad.

Irish Independent

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