| 12°C Dublin

Face of double murder accused


Aurimas Andruska

Aurimas Andruska

Aurimas Andruska

THIS is the man accused of the double murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8).

Aurimas Andruska (26) was last night charged with killing the mum and daughter (right) at their home two weeks ago.

He appeared before Killarney District Court where, in reply to the first charge, he said: "I did not kill. I can only tell."

Det Sgt John Kelly said that in reply to the second charge of the murder of eight-year-old Enrika, he said: "I will tell you exactly the same."

Mr Andruska, of Ard Moneil Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, was arrested at 6.36pm and brought to Killarney Garda Station where he was charged with the murder of Ms Lubiene (27) and her daughter on June 15.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Andruska said he understood the charges.

Ms Lubiene's husband and the father of their daughter, Marius Lubys (29), was in court last night for the brief hearing. Her sister, Kristina Kuleviciene, and brother-in-law, Vaidas Kulevicius, were also in court. Ms Kuleviciene wept throughout the hearing.

Supt Flor Murphy asked that the accused be remanded in custody to Cork Prison to appear again before Killarney District Court on Tuesday.

Mr Andruska's arrest was the third made by gardai investigating the murders and the second arrest of the accused.

In a dramatic turn of events, the accused was re-arrested in Killorglin five hours after he had been released from garda custody, where he had been detained since Thursday morning on suspicion of murder.

A 40-year-old man was released without charge on Monday following his arrest on Sunday on suspicion of withholding information. A file is being sent to the DPP.

Jolanta and Enrika Lubiene were both stabbed to death two weeks ago today at their home in Langford Downs. Their bodies were discovered the following day. Ms Lubiene suffered stab wounds to the body, arms and hands as she tried to defend herself. Her daughter had been stabbed in the throat.

A crowd of about 100 people clapped and jeered ouside the court house yesterday as Mr Andruska was driven away.