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Man held over murders of mum and daughter (8)

THE man suspected of brutally murdering a mother and daughter has been arrested in an early-morning raid.

The 26-year-old Lithuanian man was at his home in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were killed in the same town.

The man is being held at Killarney garda station where he is being questioned on suspicion of committing the murders.

He can be held for 24 hours though this period can be extended. Gardai are investigating Jolanta's use of a number of websites in the last few months which is central to the probe.

Forensic evidence has played a big part in the investigation.

"Garda computer experts had been tirelessly working on the case and a members of the local Lithuanian community also provided gardai with detailed statements," a source said.

"There may be major developments in this case within the next 24 hours."

This is the second arrest that has been made by gardai in their investigations.


A Lithuanian man in his 40s was arrested at his Killorglin home on Sunday on suspicion of withholding information.

He was released on Wednesday night without charge but a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms Lubiene and her daughter Enrika were found murdered at the home they shared at Langford Downs, about 1km from Killorglin town centre, on June 16 at 8.30pm.

The brutal murders have shocked the region where there has been a huge outpouring of grief and ongoing fundraising efforts by local people to help the family repatriate the bodies to their native Lithuania.

Their remains have not yet been released.

A Lithuanian friend of the tragic mother raised the alarm after she called to the house that Sunday evening.

Friends had grown concerned when they had been unable to make contact with her by phone.

Ms Lubiene died from multiple stab wounds while her little daughter was found dead on the upstairs landing with a stab wound to the neck.

They had been planning their return to Lithuania next month.

Ms Lubiene's husband, Marius Lubys (29) returned from Sweden, where he had been working on a farm, last Monday after being informed of his wife and daughter's murders the previous day.

He had been sharing the Langford Downs home with them up until December when he left to pursue work in Sweden.

The couple had been living in Ireland since 2005.

Enrika attended Scoil Mhuire in the town where she received her First Holy Communion on May 4.

Ms Lubiene worked as a chef at St Joseph's Nursing Home just outside the town.

She was last seen on Saturday afternoon walking down Langford Street on her way home after doing some shopping.