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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man arrested following double murder of Jolanta and Enrika

Slain: Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika

A MAN has been arrested following the double murder of a murder and daughter in Kerry earlier this month.

The man who is understood to be known to the family of murder victims Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8) was arrested this morning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He is the second man to be arrested following the murders on June 16. Another man arrested on suspicion of withholding information was released without charge.

The bodies of Ms Lubiene (27) and Enrika were found at the rented home they shared at Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry on June 17. They had been brutally stabbed to death the previous afternoon.

The body of Enrika was found on the upstairs landing on Sunday evening.

Her mother's body was found near the back door of the kitchen after she had been chased by her crazed killer, who began the attack upstairs and finished it in the kitchen before escaping out the back door of the house.

Ms Lubiene had been stabbed over 20 times and is likely to have witnessed her little girl's murder by someone she would easily have been able to identify. Gardai believe that she or her daughter let her killer into the house sometime on the Saturday afternoon.

Ms Lubiene had returned home from a morning's work and lunchtime shopping.

Investigating gardai are also probing the possibility that the murder was motivated by sexual jealousy.

The young mother had been active on websites, through which she became acquainted with a number of men.

Her internet and phone records are crucial to the investigation, even though the killer removed two mobile phones from the house in an effort to thwart the inquiry.

But officers have the phone numbers and think a trawl through the records of calls made and received in the days before her murder, as well as checks on activity on her computer, will help them to compile a shortlist of suspects as well as to eliminate others.

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