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Murder hunt as mum and daughter die in stab frenzy

A YOUNG mother and her daughter were stabbed to death in a frenzied attack at their home.

A murder inquiry is now under way into the deaths of Lithuanian woman Jolante Lubite (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika.

The mum and daughter were discovered by a family friend who called to their rented house outside Killorglin, Co Kerry, yesterday evening.

Gardai immediately sealed off the scene at the Langford Downs estate and launched a murder investigation.

Jolante, originally from Lithuania, had been renting for a number of years.

She was found in a downstairs room of the house shortly after 8.30pm, while the young girl was found upstairs.

Both victims had been stabbed repeatedly.

Today it emerged that eight-year-old Enrika had only made her First Communion last month. She was a second-class pupil at the nearby Scoil Mhuire in Killorglin and her mother worked as a chef in St Joseph's Day Care Centre. They were both very popular in the area and had been living there for the past seven years.



There were harrowing scenes outside the house where the bodies were discovered this morning when Ms Lubite's sister, Kristina, supported by her husband, Viadas, arrived at the scene with flowers.

A friend of Ms Lubite's, Helen O'Shea, who worked with her at the day care centre, described her friend as having "a heart of gold".

"I have so many memories of her. Everyone at work loved her. She was lovely and great craic and could talk to anyone," Mrs O'Shea said.

The alarm was raised at 8.30pm when a friend made the discovery.

Their bodies remain at the scene awaiting the arrival of assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster and a Garda technical unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai in Killorglin on 066 9790500, the Garda confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.