Remains of Killorglin murder victims going home
THE remains of double murder victims Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika are being repatriated to their native Lithuania today for burial.
The remains of the tragic pair were taken to Dublin Airport ahead of the flight and members of the family based in Co Kerry are already en route home to finalise the funeral arrangements.
Ms Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter were murdered at the home they shared at Langford Downs in Killorglin on June 15.
Their bodies were discovered the following day. They had both died violently.
Ms Lubiene was stabbed 20 times in the body, arms and hands as she tried to defend herself from her attacker. Her body was found in the kitchen of the rented house.
Her daughter had received a stab wound to the neck and her body was discovered on the upstairs landing.
Ms Lubiene’s sister, Kristina Kuleviciene told the Irish Independent the family wanted to bury the pair in the village of Gedrimai where their mother Rumote Santiene comes from and where Jolanta grew up.
She said the arrangements were not yet finalised but the funerals were likely to take place on Sunday and Monday.
The village is located about 12km from Telsiai in the northwest of Lithuania.
Ms Kuleviciene, who lives in Milltown, Co Kerry, was already en route home when she spoke to the Irish Independent.
The deaths of her sister and little niece caused a huge outpouring of grief in Killorglin where thousands of euro was raised through the local St Vincent de Paul to help pay for the funeral.
While organisers of the fundraising efforts did not disclose the amount raised they said it would be enough to repatriate the bodies and cover the cost of the funerals and also help the family with their expenses.
Enrika was a Second Class pupil at Scoil Mhuire in Killorglin where she received her First Holy Communion in May. Her mother worked as a chef in St Joseph’s Nursing Home outside the town.
The two were popular both within the Lithuania community and among their many Irish friends.
The family had planned to return to Lithuania this summer having spent the last eight years in Co Kerry.
Meanwhile, Aurimas Andruska, the 26-year-old Lithuanian national accused of their murders is in custody in Cork Prison.
Mr Andruska is due to appear before Tralee District Court again on Tuesday.