Men on trial over body found in Kerry bog

Tuesday 07 May 2013 20.04
Bruno Lemes De Sousa's body was found in a bog in north Kerry
Bruno Lemes De Sousa's body was found in a bog in north Kerry

The trial of two men charged with the murder of a Brazilian man has been told that his body was found floating in a bog with his hands tied in front of him.

Two men, 19-year old John Paul Cawley and 29-year-old Wenio Rodrigues Da Silva, both with addresses in Ballyduff in Co Kerry, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruno Lemes De Sousa.

Mr De Sousa’s body was found in a bog in north Kerry in March of last year.

Their trial opened before Mr Justice Garret Sheehan at the Central Criminal Court, sitting in Tralee today.

Opening the case on behalf of the State, Senior Counsel Conor Devally told the jury of three women and nine men that the prosecution would present evidence that Mr De Souza was stabbed repeatedly, after being bludgeoned, or struck with a blunt instrument, and then ditched into a bog hole.

He said it would be the State's case that the accsued are the men who did it.

Mr Devally also said jurors would hear evidence of when Mr De Souza disappeared, and what happened when he turned up at the house occupied by the defendants and others at Ballyduff in February 2012.

As the trial got under way, one witness, garda photographer Detective Eoin Conway, told the court that Mr De Silva's body was found floating in a drain with his hands tied in front with yellow twine.

The court also began hearing the evidence of Sandra Cawley, a sister of John Joseph Cawley, and the ex-partner of the other defendant, Wenio Rodrigues Da Silva.

She told the court that she had been in a relationship with Mr Da Silva for over three years and they had two young children.

She said she remembered the deceased coming to the house.

She claimed she heard a thud in an adjacent room and when she went in, she found the deceased bent over and her former partner with a bar in his hand.

She said her brother was in the room as well.

Her evidence before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan will continue tomorrow.