'Monster' killer stabbed mum, daughter 72 times
The jury at the inquests into the deaths of a mother and her young daughter in Kerry almost four years ago has returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika Lubyte were found dead in the rented home they shared at Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry, on June 17, 2013.
The pair had been due to return home to Lithuania for good later that summer.
Ms Lubiene's sister, Kristina Kuleviciene, said the inquests into the deaths of her sister and niece had brought finality for the family. Asked whether her opinion of the man convicted of their murder had changed, she said: "He is still a monster."
The husband and father of the deceased, Marius Lubys, described his daughter as "the best little girl".
The verdict also recorded their deaths on June 16, 2013.
Lithuanian national Aurimas Andruska is serving two concurrent life sentences for the murders on a date between June 15 and 17, 2013. His appeal to overturn his convictions was unsuccessful.
Ms Lubiene had been stabbed at least 61 times to the thorax, abdomen, neck, arms, legs and back in a "sustained and violent sharp weapon attack".
Dr Margot Bolster's post-mortem examination of Enrika revealed she had suffered 11 stab wounds and some superficial wounds. Both died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple stab wounds.
The mother and daughter were found dead by Ms Lubiene's friend Ramute Narmute, who raised the alarm.
Ms Narmute told the inquest she became concerned when Ms Lubiene hadn't returned any of her texts or calls.
When she called to the house on Sunday evening, she could see Ms Lubiene's body lying on the kitchen floor and she could hear her dog barking.
"I could see the blood on the stairs and the body on the floor of the kitchen. I thought it was a man at first but then I saw the black hair and I knew it was Jolanta," she said.
Garda Eamon Prenderville told the inquest he entered the house through the back door. The other doors were locked and the curtains of the front bay window were firmly shut. He saw a woman's body on the kitchen floor. He said there were a lot of bloodstains in the utility room, the kitchen, and the hallway.
He began to cordon off the scene but later, when he returned to the garda station, he learned Ms Lubiene had a young daughter.
When he returned to Langford Downs, he found Enrika lying on her left-hand side on the landing.
Joan O'Neill, who worked with Ms Lubiene in the kitchen of St Joseph's Nursing Home, last saw Ms Lubiene when she gave her a lift into town after they finished work at 1.30pm on Saturday.
She told the inquest when Ms Lubiene hadn't turned up for work on Sunday morning, which was unusual, she told Sr Elizabeth Farrell.
The deposition of Det Insp Fearghall Patwell, read out by Supt Flor Murphy, said Andreas Andruska was identified through a profile of his DNA. A fingerprint in Ms Lubiene's blood found on the wall of the stairs matched a sample given voluntarily by him to gardaí.
He was convicted of the double murder in November 2014.
Addressing the family following the inquest, Supt Murphy said he hoped it brought them "solace and comfort" that an appeal by Mr Andruska on his conviction had been rejected at the Court of Criminal Appeal this year.
Coroner Terence Casey paid tribute to the gardaí on their investigation that brought the perpetrator to justice in such a short time.