Bog murder trial told neighbours heard noise

Neighbours at a house, where it is alleged a Brazilian man was beaten and held captive before being murdered at a remote bog in north Kerry, have told a trial they were woken up by noise coming from next door.

Catherine Costello said that she was woken after 11pm on the night of February 16, 2012, by the sound of children crying and car doors being opened and closed.

John Paul Cawley, of 2, Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Souza at Shronowen Bog, Listowel, on a date between February 16 and 17, 2012.

The body of the 28-year-old was found lying in a drain in the bog. He had been stabbed a number of times and his hands were tied with orange twine.

Catherine Costello, who lives at 3, Ardoughter, told the trial at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, Co Kerry, that she heard noises coming from next door that night and woke her husband, Aidan O’Connor.

When he looked out a front window he saw two men wearing hoodies, putting something that looked like furniture into the back of a car.

He also saw his neighbour, John Paul Cawley and Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, who was the partner of Cawley’s sister Sandra, get into a car.

He said that two cars then drove off.

Their daughter, Claire Costello, who was friendly with Sandra Cawley and used to cut her hair and clean the house, called to 2, Ardoughter on Friday, February 17.

She said that she was surprised to find Sandra Cawley and her brothers Charlie and John Paul cleaning the place and thought her cleaning of the house had “rubbed off on them”.

Claire Costello was also in the house the following Monday, when detectives from Gort in Co Galway, where Mr de Souza lived, called to the door.

She said ‘Wayne’, as Wenio Rodriguez da Silva was known, spoke to them and she waited with Sandra in the sittingroom.

Under cross examination by Richard Liston, for the defence, she said: “Wayne appeared very calm. After they [the detectives] left, he might have appeared flustered but he was calm while they were there.”

She said neither John Paul or Charlie Cawley were in the house at the time.

The trial was previously told by Sandra Cawley that Mr de Souza had been beaten by her former partner, Wenio, and held captive in the attic before being taken to Shronowen Bog.

She said she and her brother Charlie and her two children, who were aged one and two at the time, waited in the deceased man’s car while Wenio and John Paul took him further into the bog.

When they arrived, back some time later, Mr de Souza was no longer with them.

Charlie Cawley told the trial they discussed what happened on the way home. They were all travelling in the victim’s car, as Wenio’s car had run out of petrol.

“Wenio was kind of smirking and laughing about it. John Paul started off like that too. Then he was quiet,” his brother said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.


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