Brazilian’s body was found in bog drain, court hears

A 22-year-old man has gone on trial for the murder of a Brazilian man, whose body was discovered in a bog in North Kerry.

The jury was told the 28-year-old deceased, who had called to a house at Ballyduff, had been “savagely killed”.

John Paul Cawley of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruno Lemes de Souza at Shronowen Bog, Tullamore, Listowel on February 16/17 in 2012.

A jury of four women and eight men were sworn in for the trial at the Central Criminal Court, sitting in Tralee, before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

Outlining “the shape” of the case, senior counsel for the prosecution, Conor Devally, told the jury they would hear evidence of an extended family living in North Kerry, including a Brazilian man Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, his partner Sandra Cawley and their two young children, along with Ms Cawley’s two brothers Charlie Cawley and the accused John Paul Cawley.

Arrangements had been made with the deceased who had lived in Gort, Co Galway, to call to Mr da Silva’s house at Ardoughter on October 16, in connection with a car.

However “matters got out of hand” and the deceased was assaulted in a small room off the kitchen, the trial heard.

He had allegedly been tied up and removed to the attic of the two-storey house.

Later, three persons left a car in a remote bog road. They allegedly were the deceased Mr de Souza, Mr da Silva and John Paul Cawley. They walked into the darkness up a boggy lane and “Mr de Souza was savagely killed”, Mr Devally said.

The deceased had been knifed several times, and his body left to be found in a boggy area adjacent to the lane, counsel said.

Mr de Souza’s body was found some weeks later, floating in a drain in the bog, with his hands tied with orange twine, a Garda forensic photographic witness told the trial.

A knife was recovered by the Garda diver unit at the Ferry bridge over the Cashen river — an estuary of the River Feale.

Sandra Cawley, sister of the accused, has been called by the prosecution and has begun her evidence.

She told the jury some time after Mr de Souza had arrived at their home in a silver car which her partner was to buy, Mr de Souza had gone to help Mr da Silva fix a boiler.

She had heard a thud or a bang.

Mr da Silva had “a big bar” like the one used for taking wheels off cars, Ms Cawley said.

She saw Mr de Souza laying on the floor and the deceased, at the time, told her to call the guards. Mr de Silva told her to “get out”.

She told how she had been afraid of her partner, and had got a barring order against him when they were living in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Her evidence continues today.


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