Monday 20 November 2017

Man quizzed in deaths of mum, child is released

Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8)
Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8)

Tom Brady and Majella O'Sullivan

A maN who was being questioned about allegedly withholding information about the savage murders of Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year- old daughter Enrika was released without charge late last night.

The man, who is in his 40s and Lithuanian, was arrested in Killorglin, Co Kerry, at 3.30am on Sunday and taken to the murder hunt headquarters at Killarney garda station.

He was detained on suspicion of withholding information, which could help gardai with their inquiries into the stabbings, after officers decided to probe further into his recent associations and movements.

He could have been held without charge for up to three days with court approval but officers decided shortly before midnight to release him.

Gardai said the man was not a friend of the family but would have been known to them.

Investigating officers said last night they were following several avenues of inquiry into the murders.

They denied suggestions that a person of particular interest to them had left the country since the murder.

One officer said they were continuing to work with Lithuanian police through Interpol.

The arrest followed inquiries by gardai among the local and immigrant communities in Killorglin and surrounding areas over the past week.

Since the two bodies were found in their rented home at Langford Downs estate in Killorglin at 8.30pm on Sunday week, more than 26 hours after they were murdered, gardai have been working on the basis that Jolanta and Enrika knew their killer.

Although the killer grabbed Jolanta's two mobile phones before he left the house, gardai have the numbers and have been trawling through calls she made and received in the days leading up to the murders as well as checking other personal items such as diaries and her computer activities.

Gardai believe the two were killed with a large knife but have been unable so far to locate the weapon despite an extensive search of a 14-acre field at the rear of the estate.

Jolanta's husband Marius said they had not parted and were separated only because of work. He left his family in December to work on a farm in Sweden and their plan had been for Jolanta to join him in Sweden next month and then eventually return to Lithuania to rear their daughter there.

Irish Independent

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