Monday 16 December 2019

Family glad 'monster' who murdered Jolanta (27) and Enrika (8) is behind bars

Jolanta Lubiene’s mother Ramute Santiene, the victim’s husband Marius Lubys, her sister Kristina Kuleviciene and Jolanta’s niece Monica with Mairead Fernane of Victim Assistance in the back. Right: Aurimas Andruska, who murdered Jolanta and Enrika.
Jolanta Lubiene’s mother Ramute Santiene, the victim’s husband Marius Lubys, her sister Kristina Kuleviciene and Jolanta’s niece Monica with Mairead Fernane of Victim Assistance in the back. Right: Aurimas Andruska, who murdered Jolanta and Enrika.
Jolanta Lubiene’s mother Ramute Santiene, the victim’s husband Marius Lubys, her sister Kristina Kuleviciene and Jolanta’s niece Monica.
Enrika, who was found murdered along with her mother Jolanta, in Killorglin, Co Kerry
Aurimas Andruska
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

The world is now a safer place after the jailing of the "monster" who killed Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter, declared the murdered woman's sister.

Kristina Kuleviciene said murderer Aurimas Andruska was not human, and had taken the joy from the family's lives on the day he stabbed her sister and her niece and god-daughter Enrika.

"We hope this monster will never be back among the public. He is not a person, he is a monster," she said.

She said the things said about her sister in court were "lies" and did not reflect the beautiful, trusting woman who was loved by her family.

Ms Kuleviciene was speaking following the conviction of Andruska (28), who received two life sentences for the murder of Lithuanian care home worker Enrika Lubyte and her mother, Jolanta Lubiene (27).

Andruska stabbed them to death in their home at Number Nine, Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry on June 15 last year. A jury at the Central Criminal Court returned a unanimous verdict of guilty on each of the charges.

Flanked by her grieving mother Ramute Santiene and daughter Levita, who clutched framed photographs of Jolanta and Enrika, Ms Kuleviciene was supported by her sister's husband Marius Lubys and one of her four brothers.

In her victim impact statement, she said: "Since June 2013 all of our lives have been transformed into a living hell. To this day it seems to me like we are all living in an unending nightmare. Even though we all want to, I know we will never wake up from it.

"Now there are just countless sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days."

Ms Kuleviciene also blamed Andruska for the death of her father, who she said gave up his fight against cancer on the day he heard how his beloved daughter and granddaughter died.

He was laid to rest in the same grave as them just three months later.

She said: "I know it broke him. When he was told they were murdered he was so upset that he stopped fighting his disease that day."

Ms Kuleviciene said she no longer felt her home was a safe place and worried for her two children. She said her sister and niece had been murdered in their home, where they thought they were safe.

"That person who was described during the trial was not my sister," she said.

"I know for sure that Jolanta was a very good and honest person, a decent person, fantastic mother and the best friend you could have."

A victim impact statement was also read out from Jolanta's husband and Enrika's father Marius, who wept in court.

In it he described how one year ago he had a beautiful family who lived and loved one another as best they could.

He said: "We made some mistakes, but who doesn't? We raised and cared for our daughter Enrika as best we could." He said his life was changed completely on the horrible day he heard they were gone, and since then there has not been a minute when he hasn't thought of them.

"My life has no joy anymore. I cannot hug Enrika or hear her joy and laughter anymore.

"I can only hope they will now rest in peace, and I will say to you Jolanta and Enrika, that you will always stay in my heart."

The family thanked the gardai, Victims Support, all their friends and the people who supported them throughout their ordeal.

Irish Independent

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