Sixty men gave DNA in double murder case

Around 60 men were asked to give DNA samples in the investigation into the murders of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika.

The Central Criminal Court, sitting in Tralee, was told Aurimas Andruska had only twice met Ms Lubiene. In a witness statement to gardaí, days before his arrest, he stated the deceased was known to have had sex with a lot of men.

Mr Andruska, aged 27, of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, has pleaded not guilty to the double murders at 9 Langford Downs, Killorglin, on a date unknown between June 15 and June 17, 2013.

In a statement of June 24, read to the court by Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe, Mr Andruska said he did not know who killed them, but the speculation was it had been someone Ms Lubiene met through the internet.

Mr Andruska was one of a number of people who was asked to provide fingerprint and DNA samples for elimination purposes, and did so voluntarily, he told Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting.

Mr Andruska said he moved to Ireland in 2008, left, and had returned in February 2013.

He had heard Ms Lubiene “had sex with a lot of men”, he said in the statement.

“I only met Jolanta on two occasions,” Mr Andruska told gardaí. On June 11, around 8pm, he went to her house as he heard she was giving away 120 DVDs.

The deceased told him how she was planning “a big swingers’ party” and an ex-boyfriend was coming from Dublin for the party.

Mr Andruska said he told Ms Lubiene he would exchange a bottle of Captain Morgan for the DVDs and he took the items and walked home to Ardmoniel.

On June 13, at about 6pm, he went back with the bottle of alcohol. He didn’t see Enrika. He gave Ms Lubiene the bottle and walked home “10 minutes away”.

At 10.30pm on the Sunday, his Polish housemate told him Ms Lubiene and Enrika had been murdered.

“It was a shock. It was sad. It was a little girl. Everyone is saying that the killer is someone she met on the internet. I don’t know, but if it was a Lithuanian we would have found out by now.”

The trial continues.


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