Thursday 14 December 2017

Hunt for killer of mum and daughter extended abroad

The bodies of Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were not found until a friend of the family called to the rented semidetached house at Langford Downs on Sunday night.
The bodies of Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were not found until a friend of the family called to the rented semidetached house at Langford Downs on Sunday night.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THE hunt for the killer of a mother and daughter has been extended abroad.

Gardai upgraded their investigation into the stabbing of 27-year-old Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8) to a double murder investigation this afternoon, following preliminary results of post-mortem examinations completed at lunchtime which revealed both met violent deaths.

Superintendent Flor Murphy, who is leading the investigation, confirmed that gardai had sought the assistance of Interpol and the Lithuanian police in their efforts to catch the killer.

Superintendent Murphy also appealed to people, particularly residents of the Langford Downs estate in Killorglin, Co Kerry, who were in the estate on Saturday afternoon to contact them with any information that might prove useful.

Details of how the tragic mother and daughter met their deaths has not been disclosed for operational reasons but it is understood Ms Lubiene received multiple stab wounds in the kitchen of her rented house while her daughter suffered a severe wound to the neck.

The little girl's body was found on the landing of their home. She was fully dressed and not in her nightwear.

Her mother had been cooking food at the time of her death.

Gardai also said the last confirmed sighting of Ms Lubiene was on Saturday afternoon at 1.50pm on Langford Street.

She had been working earlier that day and had done some shopping in the town centre on her way home.

"She was on foot and she was walking towards her home at Langford Downs, approximately half a mile away.

"She was dressed in black, wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and white runners and was making her way home on foot," he added.

He said the last sighting of Enrika Lubyte was still subject to investigation but gardai believe it was on Friday afternoon.

Superintendent Murphy said all lines of inquiry were currently being explored, stressing the investigation was still at the very early stages.

He also declined to comment on the type of murder weapon they were looking for.

"This lady and her daughter, who was only a schoolgirl, were murdered in their own home. It's a horrific crime and I want the public to help us.

"There are people who were in that area and there were people visiting the Downs and we want them to help us," he added.

He appealed to members of the public to remain calm but to also be responsible and give gardai every assistance to catch the killer.

Earlier, Killarney Garda Station Superintendent Florence Murphy appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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