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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Post mortem being carried out on Kerry mother and daughter

A Garda Technical Bureau investigator removes a dog from the scene
A Garda Technical Bureau investigator removes a dog from the scene
The home in the Langford Downs estate in Killorglin, Co Kerry.
Jolanta’s sister Kristina in tears as she arrives at the scene
Enrika (8) with her mother Jolanta Lubiene and father Marius Lubys
Gardai remove a coffin from the house
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A POST-mortem is being carried out this morning on the second victim of a frenzied killing that left a mother and daughter dead.

Once the results are known, gardai are expected to officially launch a double murder investigation.

The bodies of Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter, Enrika, were discovered at their rented semi-detached home at Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry on Sunday night.

The body of the little girl, who had only celebrated her First Communion in May, was found on the upstairs landing. Her throat had been cut.

Ms Lubiene had been stabbed a number of times in the kitchen.

Their pet dog was still in the house and was removed by gardai last night.

There was no sign of forced entry at the house, indicating that Ms Lubiene knew the killer and had invited him into her house.

The two were due to return to Lithuania in July and when the lease on their rented house expired, they had planned to move in with their next-door neighbour until their departure date.

The neighbour returned briefly last night to collect some of her belongings but left again to go and stay with family.

Meanwhile, members of the Garda Technical Bureau resumed their forensic examination of the scene shortly after 10am. Eight members arrived carrying gardening implements including spades and rakes searching for the weapon.

It is expected their examination may not be concluded until Thursday.

Neighbours and friends, both from the Lithuanian and Irish communities, have continued to call to the house with floral tributes to the tragic mother and daughter.

Enrika's father, Marius Lubys (29) who flew in from Stockholm, Sweden yesterday is staying with his wife's sister, Kristina and her husband Vaidas Kulevicius in nearby Milltown.

Mr Lubys had lived with his wife and daughter in Killorglin before he left to work in Sweden six months ago.

He was informed of the tragedy by phone on Sunday night.

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