Brazilian man ‘begged not to be killed’

A Brazilian man led into a bog in north Kerry before being stabbed 64 times and his body left in a drain had been crying and begged not to be killed, the Central Criminal Court in Tralee was told yesterday.

Earlier, while held in an attic near Ballyduff, Co Kerry, when he asked for something to eat “some of the itchy yellow stuff” found in attics had been forced into his mouth by one of his captors, the trial heard.

John Paul Cawley, of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruno Lemes de Souza, aged 28, at Shronowen Bog, Tullamore, Listowel, on February 16 or 17, 2012.

Mr de Souza, his hands tied, was led up a laneway into a bog by fellow Brazilian Wenio da Silva, the partner of Sandra Cawley, the accused told gardaí in interviews on March 11 and 12, 2012. The man was crying and had offered €10,000 for his life at one stage. He and Mr da Silva were “talking Brazilian”, he told gardaí.

Mr de Souza had been held in the attic of the house at Ardoughter. He asked for food and Charlie Cawley, the accused’s younger brother, had forced some of “the itchy stuff… the yellow stuff” found in attics, into his mouth, John Paul Cawley told gardaí.

Two kitchen knives were brought from the house at Ardoughter. Mr da Silva led Mr de Souza up the bog lane, followed by John Paul Cawley who had one knife, a silver knife with a six-inch blade, he told gardaí.

On the edge of a dyke, John Paul Cawley was the first to stab Mr de Souza, he said. Asked why he had killed Mr de Souza, whom he had only met hours before, John Paul Cawley replied: “I don’t know.” He added:

“The minute I did it, I felt bad .”

Mr de Silva continued the stabbing in the dyke and they left Bruno there, he said.

Asked why Mr de Souza was killed — whether it was over a car, money owed, or alleged remarks that Bruno was telling Brazilians in Gort, Co Galway, that Sandra Cawley was “a fine thing” and “sexy” — Mr Cawley replied “something about Sandra”. He was particularly close to his sister Sandra, he told detectives.

Detective Sergeant Bill Stack told how, while being brought to the garda station in Tralee, John Paul Cawley kept saying, “I killed him, I killed him”, while rocking back and forth in the car.

Anthony Sammon, defending, outlined the defence of diminished responsibility. Mr Sammon called consulting clinical psychologist Brian Glanville. “Overall he is in the borderline range of ability between mild mental handicap and normal range,” Mr Glanville said.

Dr Brenda Wright, consultant forensic psychiatrist called by the prosecution, refuted suggestions he had diminished responsibility for his actions.

The trial continues.


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