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Murdered mother and daughter may have met killer online

The husband and father of the murdered pair is trying to come up with €20,000 to repatriate their bodies.

Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika.
Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika.
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THE MOTHER AND daughter who were violently murdered on Saturday afternoon as they were making dinner may have known their killer.

Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika were at their home in Killorglin, Co Kerry when their attacker entered their semi-detached home in the Langford Downs estate and stabbed them to death.

It is being reported in many of the papers this morning that the eight-year-old girl, who had just made her Holy Communion on 4 May, had her throat cut, while her 27-year-old mother was stabbed to death as she tried to escape through the back door.

Gardaí continued their investigations at the Kerry home yesterday as they scoured the area for a murder weapon or any sign of evidence that would lead them to the killer.

File image of the Langford Downs estate in Co Kerry where Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were murdered. (Pic: Google Streetview)

Double murder

Gardaí in Kerry issued the pair’s last known movements as they broaden their search for the killer overseas. The Irish Examiner are reporting that Interpol, the Lithuanian embassy, and Lithuanian police have been contacted as part of the investigation.

The inquiry was upgraded to a double murder investigation yesterday by gardaí following the results of a post-mortem at Kerry General Hospital, which revealed they both died in “violent circumstances”.

Met killer online

Gardaí are also looking into the possibility that the killer may have been linked to the mother and daughter through the internet.

According to The Herald, the mother of one had been selling a number of items online recently, such as her car and gym equipment, in a bid to raise money for tickets to fly home to Lithuania.

Repatriating the bodies

The husband and father of the murdered pair, 30-year-old Marius Lubys told The Sun he wants Jolanta and Enrika to be buried in their native Lithuania but repatriating their bodies would cost around €20,000. He hopes he can raise the money as Jolanta’s father is very ill with liver cancer and is unable to travel.

Mr Lubys has flown to Ireland to meet with gardaí about the their investigations. He had been living in Killorglin for some time but moved to Sweden in the last six months for work.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney garda station 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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