Accused’s shoes ‘were match for footprints’

A man accused of murdering a mother and daughter had Deichmann shoes with soles that matched bloodied footprints found in the Kerry home of the victims, his trial has heard.

Pawel Radney, a housemate of the accused, Aurimas Andruska, said he had shoes that were the same as shoes presented at the Central Criminal Court, in Tralee yesterday.

The court had previously been told Mr Andruska had a pair of Nike shoes borrowed from a friend to go to a party on the day the killings are believed to have occurred, June 15, 2013, because his own shoes were old and worn.

The 27-year-old Lithuanian, of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jolanta Lubiene, aged 27, and her daughter, Enrika, aged 8, at No 9 Langford Downs, Killorglin, on a date unknown between June 15 and 17 last year.

Mr Radney said Mr Andruska had shoes the same as the German Deichmann shoes shown in court, with a circular logo on the side and a white rim.

The court heard Garda Michelle Roche flew to Dusseldorf to meet a senior shoe buyer from Deichmann as part of a Garda attempt to match the size of the bloodied footprints to a shoe.

The buyer, Gerhard Eglawstein, testified yesterday the Memphis 1 shoes in question were not sold in Ireland, but 150,000 pairs had been sold in several European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Forensic scientist John McCullagh said he tried to get information about the type of footwear that matched the footprints on the kitchen floor, landing, and bedroom area of No 9 Langford Downs.

Working from photographs, he said the diagonal pattern of grooves on the shoes matched the footprint impressions and corresponded to a size 44 shoe.

All the footprints were from the same type of footwear, he concluded.

David Casey, of Forensic Science Laboratory Ireland, said he examined selected items of clothing worn by both victims for the presence of semen and saliva, but did not find any.

Mr Radney told Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting, that he worked in the Bianconi restaurant, in Killorglin, and shared a house at Ardmoniel Heights, with the accused and another man.

He said he finished work at 4.30pm on June 15, and the accused and the other man came home between 5pm and 5.30pm. He heard them, but did not meet them and did not speak to them.

Mr Radney said he was out working again between 7.30pm and 11pm. He then went home, changed, and went out to a bar before returning at about 3am and going to bed.

He said he did not meet the accused on Sunday morning when he got up.

The trial continues.


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