Thursday 26 April 2018

Man charged with double murder of Lithuanian mother and daughter

Aurimas Andruska
Aurimas Andruska
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A 26-YEAR-OLD Lithuanian man has been charged with the double murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika.

Aurimas Andruska (26) appeared at Killarney District Court at 8.30pm after being rearrested by gardai hours after being released from questioning.

The mother and daughter died from stab wounds. Their bodies were found at their home in Killorglin, Co Kerry on June 16.

Andruska, of 7 Ard Moneil Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, was arrested at 6.36pm at the School Road, Sunhill, Killorglin and brought to Killarney Garda Station where at 7.46pm he was charged with the murder of Ms Lubiene (27) and her daughter at 9 Langford Downs in the town on June 15.

He was brought to a special sitting of the court at 8.30pm.

In reply to the first charge he responded: "I did not kill. I can only tell."

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Det Sgt John Kelly said that in reply to the second charge of the murder of Enrika Lubyte, he said: "I will tell you exactly the same."

Speaking through a Lithuanian interpreter, Mr Andruska said he understood the charges.

Ms Lubiene's husband and the father of their child, Marius Lubys (29), was in court for the brief hearing that lasted seven minutes.

Her sister, Kristina Kuleviciene, and brother-in-law, Vaidas Kulevicius were also in court.

Ms Kuleviciene wept throughout the hearing.

Supt Flor Murphy sought for the accused to be remanded in custody to Cork Prison to appear again before Killarney District Court on Tuesday.

In a dramatic turn of events, the accused was re-arrested in Killorglin five hours after he had been released from garda custody, where he had been detained since Thursday morning on suspicion of murder.

A crowd of about 100 people had gathered outside the courthouse on Fair Hill awaiting his arrival.

When Mr Andruska was taken from the back seat of the unmarked car, the crowd clapped, cheered and jeered.

Wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a grey hoodie and canvas trainers, the accused appeared calm and responded to the questions that were put before him.

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