Last video of murder victim seen in court

Jolanta Lubiene

The last recorded movements of the 27-year-old Lithuanian woman whose bloodied body was found on the kitchen floor of her home with her pet dog standing guard over her on June 16, 2013, were shown to a hushed courtroom yesterday.

The footage — from “a collage” of hours of CCTV footage from around Killorgin on dates between June 14 and 15 — captures Jolanta Lubiene on her way to work at St Joseph’s nursing home for the elderly between 8.12 am and 8.13am.

She is dressed in black and walking smartly, holding what appears to be two empty bags, one white and one black. On her way from work, CCTV again captures her doing her shopping at Aldi and packing her groceries into her red and white bags at 1.45pm.

The final piece of footage is from the Garda station at Langford Street. It shows Ms Lubiene on her way to her home at Langford Downs to the south of the station. It is 1.49 pm and she is carrying her shopping.

Eight-year-old Enrika does not appear on any CCTV footage, Garda Patrick J Doyle agreed with junior counsel for the prosecution, Tom Rice.

The trial at the Central Criminal Court, Tralee, also heard from Sr Elizabeth Farrell, who called to Ms Lubiene’s home twice on Sunday, June 16 after she failed to turn up for work in the catering department of the home at 9am.

Sr Farrell had told gardaí the dead woman was “very pleasant, reliable and a good worker.”

She got no response from the door bell and she noticed the upstairs curtain was “slightly ajar,” at 9.30am when she called first.

Sr Elizabeth returned between 11.15 and 11.30am, and this time she looked in the window panels of the door and saw what appeared to be “a dog’s mess” on the third step of the stairs and trailing into the kitchen. This was dark-brownish, she explained to Ms Isobel Kennedy, senior prosecutor.

Cross-examined by Dean Kelly, junior counsel for the defence, Sr Elizabeth explained why she looked in the window the second time she called: “The dog was barking. The umbrellas were still on the window and it was pouring rain and I thought she must be in.”

The trial also heard from a secondary school student who was staying in Langford Downs for much of that weekend.

The walls between the houses were thin, but on Saturday, June 15, at 3pm, the teenager heard running up the stairs that seemed particularly loud.

“I remember thinking, is that how loud I sound when I run up the stairs in my sister’s house,” she said.

Another young neighbour said he was going to his weekend work at around 8.55am on Saturday and noticed the curtains upstairs in Number 9 were “wide open”. Both windows were open as far as possible and loud music like a foreign radio station was playing.

A 27-year-old forestry worker from Lithuania, Aurimas Andruska, of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Jolanta Lubiene, 27, and her daughter Enrika, 8, at 9 Langford Downs, Killorglin, between June 15 and June 17, 2013.

The trial continues.


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