The tip of a knife found in a pool of blood alongside the body of an eight-year-old girl and a piece of a blade found alongside her dead mother in their home were from the same knife, the trial of a man for double murder has been told.
The trial of Lithuanian forestry worker Aurimas Andruska, aged 27, also heard “someone had walked in the wet blood” of the girl, Enrika, on an upstairs landing.
Jolanta Lubiene, aged 27, had attempted, while bleeding extensively, to get out through the back door of the house at Langford Downs, Killorglin, but went back to the kitchen area where her body was found.
The fingerprint on a wall three-quarters of the way up the stairs, which the prosecution says it is certain is that of the accused, Aurimas Andruska — a claim he denies — was made in the blood of Ms Lubiene, the trial has also been told.
The evidence yesterday was from prosecution witness Hilary Clarke, a scientist attached to Forensic Science Ireland, who attended the scene. Dr Clarke said she could not say the order in which the mother and daughter were killed.
The clothes of the deceased — the black top and leggings of Jolanta and pink top and jeans of her daughter — were presented by exhibits officer Garda Daire O’Sullivan.
Dr Clarke, an expert in DNA profiling, said it is thought the killings took place on Saturday, June 15.
Jolanta received 60 stab wounds and was found lying in blood on the kitchen floor. Enrika, aged 8, had 11 wounds, “and numerous small or jab wounds,” Dr Clarke said.
The pattern of blood stains indicated that Enrika had received “a serious injury” in the hallway near the kitchen and she bled heavily going up the stairs.
The pattern of blood staining “indicates that she was bleeding on the landing and someone walked in her wet blood and on the stairs”, said the scientist.
Dr Clarke tested areas of clothing of the deceased that were not blood-stained. There was “a clear, major profile” matching the DNA of Mr Andruska and DNA from the pink top of Enrika, Dr Clarke said.
Jolanta’s black top and jeans had only her own DNA in major quantities — not that of the accused.
Dr Clarke carried out a physical fit of the two pieces of knife, one found in the kitchen, the other on the landing and she said they came from the same knife.
She also examined walls and items, including clothing, taken from Ardmoniel Heights, the home of Mr Andruska, as well as covers from a car which he used — and she found nothing of evidential value. No blood was found on his clothing.
“The DNA profile from the pink top of Enrika matched that of Aurimas Andruska. The DNA profile from the fingerprint of Aurimas Andruska on the wall matched that of Jolanta Lubiene,” Dr Clarke said.
Under cross-examination, Dr Clarke agreed that none of Mr Andruska’s DNA was found on either body.
She also said she could not tell when the DNA from Mr Andruska was deposited on the child’s pink top, or whether Enrika was wearing the top at the time it was deposited. She agreed it could have been deposited when he visited the home the previous night or two.
The accused had been in the house in the days leading up to the deaths, the jury was told, possibly on Friday 14, 15-18 hours before the estimated time of death.
“Is it possible that when he touched her clothes when he was in the house he could have left the DNA?” Mr Grehan asked.
Dr Clarke agreed it was. The defence counsel asked if it were possible he could have deposited the DNA while sitting on the couch, and the scientist agreed.
Mr Andruska, who was working in Kerry at the time, has pleaded not guilty.
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