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Victim Impact Girl (6) suffered 'sleepless nights' after 'brutal murder' of her mother by her father, court told

On May 7, Edmundas Dauksa was convicted by unanimous verdict of murdering Ms Maciokaite (31) in Dundalk, Co Louth on September 18, 2018

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Edmundas Dauksa

Edmundas Dauksa

The foster carer for two children of married man Edmundas Dauksa, who stabbed his former partner 19 times in front of their six-year-old daughter, has said it was "unspeakably horrific" for her to watch her mother being "brutally murdered" by her father.

"The scene has left her sad and afraid, sleepless nights, always questioning why daddy did this to her mammy.

A child should grow up and have a happy and a loving childhood, surrounded with love and smiles from their parents. However, this is not what Ingrida Maciokaite's daughter is experiencing due to the fact of what she last saw of her parents," the full-time foster carer told the Central Criminal Court today.

She added: "Her children, whom she cherished with all her heart, were robbed of their mother. Her son will never remember her but unfortunately for her daughter, such memories will always and forever stay with her."

The testimony was heard as part of a victim impact statement read on Thursday to the Central Criminal Court, where 51-year-old Dauksa was sentenced to the mandatory term of life imprisonment for murdering Ms Maciokaite, the mother of his two children, days after their young daughter was placed in her custody by a court.

On May 7, Dauksa, with an address at Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth was convicted by unanimous verdict of murdering Ms Maciokaite (31) at Bridgewater Mews, Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co Louth on September 18, 2018.

He had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

A victim impact statement was read to the court today by prosecution counsel Conor Devally SC on behalf of the foster carer.

The carer said "the unfortunate death of our beloved Ingrida" had caused their family an enormous amount of heartache and it "was by far the most horrific day" for every member of their family.

"Each and every one of us were incredibly heartbroken and in great denial, followed by shock and disbelief," she said.

She said Ms Maciokaite was loved and adored by "every single person" who knew and met her. "She was a gentle and soft-spoken young woman, who had her whole life ahead of her.

Her main priority was to have both of her children by her side and bring the most joy and the happiest memories possible to their childhood," she said.

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"She was an insanely hard working, loyal, trusting, yet naive young woman. No matter how many times life kicked her down, she never failed to pick herself back up and keep moving forward.

She never gave up on herself, even though since birth, life gave her lemons. Ingrida was a devoted and a selfless mother to her little son and longed for the day when her eldest daughter would be by her side."

"Ingrida's life was no longer to be on the gruesome day as it was taken from her so inhumanely and in the most horrific of ways no one should ever leave this world [sic].

Her children, whom she cherished with all her heart, were robbed of their mother. Her son will never remember her but unfortunately for her daughter such memories will always and forever stay with her," she continued.

"Ingrida will no longer see her children grow up, she will never have the opportunity to attend any school plays, birthdays and there will be no loving family time. It is incredibly heart wrenching to come to terms with losing a loved one," she said.

"Death, it affects everybody differently and in different ways, however for a little innocent child, who was only six years old at the time, to watch her mother being brutally murdered by her father is unspeakably horrific.

The scene has left her sad and afraid, sleepless nights, always questioning why daddy did this to her mammy.

A child should grow up and have a happy and a loving childhood, surrounded with love and smiles from their parents. However, this is not what Ingrida's daughter is experiencing due to the fact of what she last saw of her parents," she said.

"Ingrida's daughter has nightmares and cries very often about what happened to her mammy. I love Ingrida's children like my own and each day I put all my efforts into taking care of them and showing them what a happy childhood must look like.

They are in a loving home and are taken care of just like their mother would have wanted them to grow up," she continued.

She said Ms Maciokaite's son will never remember his "beautiful mammy" and "will never have the opportunity to hear her voice when she sings him lullabies.

I will always tell both of them that their mammy loved them and that she always wanted what was best for them and their future."

Unfortunately, the foster carer said that they cannot bring Ms Maciokaite back but justice had "been done for her beautiful children".

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Ingrida Maciokaite

Ingrida Maciokaite

Ingrida Maciokaite

Following the statement, defence counsel Michael Bowman SC, for Dauksa, said his client wanted to express his remorse and deep regret for the sadness he had caused.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott then sentenced Dauksa to the mandatory term of life imprisonment for murder. The sentence was backdated to September 18 2018, when he went into custody.

Earlier this month, the 12 jurors had rejected Dauksa's defence that he had not been "fuelled with murderous intent" when he carried out the attack on the mother-of-two under a darkened archway during the middle of the day.

It was also the defence contention that the accused had felt "wronged and wronged again" by a system which had "failed him appallingly", after the deceased had received custody of the child in an "abnormal and accelerated" District Court hearing days before the killing.

Instead the jury had accepted the State's case that the defendant had intended serious harm or death when he repeatedly "plunged" a 15cm blade into the body of the deceased.

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