Gardaí take 380 statements over Kerry murders

Gardaí yesterday revealed that 380 witness statements have been taken in the case against a 26-year-old man charged with the murder of a mother and her daughter in Killorglin, Co Kerry, in June.

Gardaí take 380 statements over Kerry murders

The book of evidence was to have been served yesterday on Aurimas Andruska, who is charged with the murder of Jolanta Lubiene, aged 27, and her daughter, Enrika, aged 8.

However, at Cork District Court yesterday, Insp Pat Meaney said the book was not ready for service on the accused.

“It is an elaborate investigation of a most serious incident. The book is not ready for service. The state is seeking a further remand in custody of the accused for four weeks.

“Three hundred and 80 statements of witnesses have been taken in the investigation. A number of lines of inquiry, including those at an international level, have been undertaken. Investigations are continuing. The state is hopeful that the accused will be served with a book of evidence in four weeks.”

Defence solicitor, Michael O’Donnell, said: “We heard more or less the same on the last occasion from another inspector.”

He applied to have the case made peremptory against the State. Judge Malone said he would not do so. Mr O’Donnell then said the accused would not consent to the four-week adjournment. The case was then adjourned for two weeks with the accused remanded in custody.

Mr Andruska, originally from Lithuania and with an address at Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, is accused of murdering the mother and daughter at their rented home at Langford Downs in Killorglin, Co Kerry, on Jun 15.

The Lithuanian-born mother and daughter were found stabbed to death on June 16.

Mr Andruska was first charged with the murders on June 28 and has since made a further two court appearances in Co Kerry in connection with the killings.

The defendant appeared in Cork District Court by video link from prison.

A Lithuanian interpreter was sworn in in court to translate the proceedings for him.

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