Thursday 23 November 2017

Man quizzed over links to murder of mum and Enrika (8)

Slain: Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika
Slain: Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika

Majella O'Sullivan and Tom Brady

AN Eastern European man who is known to the family of murder victims Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8) remains in garda custody after being detained on suspicion of withholding information.

The man, who is in his 40s, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday and is being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

He works for a local business in the town. His period of detention can be extended for up to three days.

The bodies of Ms Lubiene (27) and Enrika were found at the rented home they shared at Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry, last Sunday. They had been brutally stabbed to death the previous afternoon.

The man was arrested at his home in the Killorglin area at 3.30am yesterday. It is believed he has information that is crucial to the investigation of the brutal double murder that could lead gardai to the killer.

It is also understood the man had been under surveillance and posed a flight risk and gardai acted quickly, arresting him and bringing him to Killarney garda station for questioning, where he was still being held last night.

The man was known to the young mother and her husband, Marius Lubys, but is not related to them.

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

The body of Enrika was found on the upstairs landing last Sunday evening.

Her mother's body was found near the back door of the kitchen after she had been chased by her crazed killer, who began the attack upstairs and finished it in the kitchen before escaping out the back door of the house.

Ms Lubiene had been stabbed over 20 times and is likely to have witnessed her little girl's murder by someone she would easily have been able to identify. Gardai believe that she or her daughter let her killer into the house sometime on Saturday afternoon.

Ms Lubiene had returned home from a morning's work and lunchtime shopping.

Investigating gardai are also probing the possibility that the murder was motivated by sexual jealousy.

The young mother had been active on websites, through which she became acquainted with a number of men.

Her internet and phone records are crucial to the investigation, even though the killer removed two mobile phones from the house in an effort to thwart the inquiry.

But officers have the phone numbers and think a trawl through the records of calls made and received in the days before her murder, as well as checks on activity on her computer, will help them to compile a shortlist of suspects as well as to eliminate others.

Irish Independent

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