Marius Lubys: "We were due to leave for Lithuania"

Marius Lubys, husband of murder victim Jolanta Lubiene, with her sister Kristina Kuleviciene, at the court in Tralee.

Marius Lubys, the husband of Jolanta and father of Enrika, told how they had married in 2004 in Lithuania and Enrika had been born in February 2005.

He had arrived in Ireland on his own, and his wife and daughter followed a year later. Mr Lubys said he left Ireland to go to Sweden in summer 2012 “to earn more money”.

He could not attend Enrika’s First Communion, but spent the week prior to it — in April — at Langford Downs, he told Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting.

On Friday, June 13, he last spoke to Jolanta and to his daughter, through Skype. They were due to return to Lithuania in July. He had sent €600 to them and they discussed that.

On June 16, he sent a text to Jolanta and telephoned both his wife and his daughter, but he got no reply.

He was contacted by a friend who had seen activity at Langford Downs.

When told what had happened, he took the first flight from Copenhagen to Dublin.

The family had been involved in an accident three years ago, and Enrika had received €52,000 in compensation which could not be accessed until she was 18, while Jolanta had received €13,000. Enrika’s money was in trust until she reached the age of 18, while the €13,000 was used to pay off a bank loan, Mr Lubys said.

Cross-examined by Brendan Grehan, defending, Mr Lubys said statements he made to gardaí were in the form of “gardaí asking me questions” when he returned to Ireland.

Mr Grehan put it to him that when a person under 18 died, “circumstances change” and it was the next of kin who got the money.

Mr Lubys answered: “Perhaps.”

Mr Grehan asked him if in fact he had rung his solicitor on Tuesday, June 18, asking about accessing the compensation money.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Lubys answered that this was “not entirely” what occurred. “I asked him what’s the possibility, the situation with the money, because we had to bring back the bodies,” Mr Lubys said.

“I think what you said was, ‘What’s the story with Enrika’s money?’” Mr Grehan put it to him, to which Mr Lubys said: “Perhaps.”

He confirmed there had been difficulties some years ago in the marriage and there had been a protection order. However, he denied there had been talk about divorce in 2013.

Mr Grehan said Jolanta had suggested to him “trying different partners”.

“Yes, she did mention, but I left it go over my head,” Mr Lubys replied, adding that this did not interest him, and he believed it was “a joke”.

Asked if Jolanta was jealous of him, he said he thought so.

He also had suspicions about her, he agreed with Mr Grehan. He also recalled “strange occurrences”.

During his visit in April 2013, someone rang the doorbell at 2am or 3am. The previous summer, their dog Chico had alerted them to someone in their back garden.

He only found out about her profiles on various dating websites “when the gardaí told me”, Mr Lubys said.

The trial continues.

Murder trial told of girl’s movements on day

Marius Lubys: 'We were due to leave for Lithuania'

Aurimas Andruska: The man accused of murders.

The trial of a Lithuanian forestry worker accused of murdering a mother and daughter has heard how the 8-year-old girl was seen cycling in a part of the estate where she would not normally go alone, on the last day she was seen alive.

Aurimas Andruska, aged 27, of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, has denied and pleaded not guilty to the murders of Jolanta Lubiene, aged 27, and her daughter Enrika, aged 8, at 9 Langford Downs, Killorglin, between June 15 and 17, 2013.

Neighbour Mark O’Sullivan, who lived at 13 Langford Downs with his partner, yesterday said he did not know Jolanta, but did know her daughter.

“She [Enrika] came up several times to our house to play with our dog and with the children from number 12,” Mr O’Sullivan told Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting.

At 10.25am on Saturday, June 15, Enrika was cycling around the housing estate. “I saluted her, and she saluted back,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

Returning 20 minutes later, he saw her again. But this time she was by the bakery, in the industrial estate that fronts Langford Downs.

Cross-examined by Dean Kelly, defending, Mr O’Sullivan agreed he was “struck” by the fact Enrika was cycling so far out of the estate, near a main road.

“I thought it was a bit far for her. I had never seen her that far before without her mother or other kids,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

The trial also heard from a number of gardaí who gave evidence of preserving the scene until June 21.

A clerk at Killorglin Credit Union, Sinead McCarthy, said that on Friday, June 14, the accused requested to withdraw €10 from his credit union account, which had a total of €10.68.

She told Mr Andruska it was branch policy to close accounts with less than €10 and asked if he wanted to close it. He agreed, saying he was going home.


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