Accused to plead not guilty to 2 murders

The Lithuanian man charged with the murder of a mother and her daughter in Killorglin, Co Kerry, in June, will be contesting the case against him and pleading not guilty to both counts, it was confirmed yesterday.

Accused to plead not guilty to 2 murders

Aurimas Andruska, aged 26, is charged with the murder of Jolanta Lubiene, aged 27, and her daughter, Enrika, aged 8.

The Lithuanian mother and daughter were found stabbed to death when gardaí called to their rented house at Langford Downs in Killorglin, Co Kerry, on Jun 16.

Mr Andruska was first charged with the murders on June 28 and has been remanded in custody since.

Defence solicitor Michael O’Donnell complained that it was fast approaching the six-month mark for the time spent in custody by the accused.

Mr O’Donnell objected to the prosecution application for a remand in custody for four weeks.

Without the consent of the accused, he could only be remanded for two weeks.

Judge Tim Lucey refused a defence application to make yesterday’s adjournment peremptory against the state. The judge acknowledged the submission made by Inspector Michael McGuire that it was a very serious case and unusual to have someone facing two murder charges.

Mr O’Donnell said on Mr Andruska’s behalf: “He will be contesting the case as he indicated from the outset.”

The defendant appeared in Cork District Court yesterday where a Lithuanian interpreter translated proceedings for him.

Judge Lucey remanded the accused in custody until Nov 6 for preparation and service of a book of evidence.

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