Witness received photographs of murder victim

A murder trial witness told of receiving photographs sent from a mobile phone showing the victim with blood on his head and his hands tied.

However, Wesley de Gomez, a Brazilian living in Gort, Co Galway, said his compatriot Bruno Lemes de Sousa, aged 28, was still alive when he received the photos on Feb 16, 2012.

Mr de Sousa’s body was found floating in a boghole, near Listowel, Co Kerry, on Mar 11, 2012.

John Paul Cawley, aged 20, and Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, aged 29, both with an address at 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, are pleading not guilty to murdering Mr de Sousa, between Feb 16 and Mar 10, last year, at Shroneowen Bog, Tullamore, Listowel.

On the fourth day of their trial at the Central Criminal Court, in Tralee, Mr de Gomez said he was friendly with both Mr de Sousa and Mr da Silva. Mr de Sousa, also from Gort, called to him at about 11am on Feb 16 and said he was going to Mr da Silva’s house in Ballyduff to swap cars.

He tried ringing Mr de Sousa a number of times later in the day, but that was the last time he spoke to him.

However, he said he eventually got Mr da Silva on the phone who told him he had hit Mr de Sousa — who was not dead at the time — twice in the head with some implement.

He asked Mr da Silva to let him go. Mr da Silva said he was going to release him, but he was very angry because Mr de Sousa had said something about his wife.

Mr Gomez said this conversation took place at about midnight, on Feb 16, and Mr da Silva told him he was going to release Mr de Sousa after the witness said he going to come down and collect him and take him to hospital.

After Mr de Sousa’s death, he said he asked Mr da Silva why he did it. Mr da Silva told him Mr de Sousa chased him with a knife, they had a fight, and Mr de Sousa fell into a hole in the bog.

The trial continues.


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