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Murdered mum stabbed 20 times trying to escape

MURDERED mum Jolanta Lubiene was stabbed more than 20 times as she tried to flee from her attacker.

The mum-of-one was initially attacked upstairs in her rented home in Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry.

She attempted to escape her killer who chased her downstairs and caught up with her as she desperately tried to open the back door to escape.

The 27-year-old was stabbed more than 20 times, the killer then slit the throat of Jolanta's daughter Enrika (8).

The details surrounding the brutal murder of the mother and daughter emerged last night as gardai widened their hunt for the killer overseas.

Detectives are following several lines of inquiry – including all of Jolanta's internet activity in the weeks before she died.

This includes a series of ads she posted online to sell her possessions as she saved for flights back home for herself and Enrika.

On May 25, she posted an advertisement on internet site Done Deal to sell a PC table for €30. The online ad gave her name and mobile phone number and to date has been viewed 24 times.

In previous weeks, Jolanta sold gym equipment via the same website.

Friends say she had sold a number of possessions, including her car, as she was preparing for a permanent return to Lithuania with Enrika.

It is also unknown if she had arranged to meet any of the people who viewed her ad or if she had given them directions to view the table or collect it.

Her husband Marius Lubys (29), who has been working in Sweden and is the father of Enrika, said they were planning to reunite in their native Lithuania.

There was no sign of forced entry, which suggests the care centre chef may have known her killer.

Meanwhile, Marius is struggling to come to terms with his loss, but says he is determined to take his wife's and daughter's bodies back home to Lithuania for burial.

He said if he could speak to the killer, he would ask him: "Why, why did you do this? Why? You can go to hell."

He added: "I want to bring home the bodies. But it is very expensive, it is around €20,000.

"It is better to have the funeral in Lithuania because we want our family and friends there."

Jolanta was last seen on Saturday afternoon at about 1.50pm, making her way on foot on Langford Street in the town centre to her home on the Langford Downs estate, half a mile outside town.

She was dressed in black and was wearing white runners and had done some shopping.

Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy, who is leading the investigation, confirmed gardai had sought the assistance of Interpol and the Lithuanian police.

Supt Murphy said: "This lady and her daughter, who was only a schoolgirl, were murdered in their own home.

"It's a horrific crime and I want the public to help us."

The bank details for the fund to repatriate the bodies of Jolanta and Enrika are AIB Swift code AIBKIE2D, account 6706 9516 3406 2151 452

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