Two jailed for life over Kerry bog murder

Wednesday 22 May 2013 22.06
Bruno Lemes de Sousa's body was found in a bog in north Kerry in March 2012
Bruno Lemes de Sousa's body was found in a bog in north Kerry in March 2012

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of a Brazilian man whose body was found in a north Kerry bog.

The jury took just over one-and-a-half hours to return their verdicts at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Co Kerry.

John Paul Cawley, 20, and Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva, 29, both of Ardoughter, Ballyduff had both pleaded not guilty to murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel, on 16 or 17 February 2012.

Mr De Sousa, 28, was stabbed 64 times and his body was dumped in a drain where it was found almost a month later.

His hands had also been bound.

Sandra Cawley, John Paul's sister and Da Silva's former partner, told the court Da Silva had said he was going to beat up the deceased.

She said she travelled to the bog with the convicted men when they killed Mr De Sousa.

The trial also heard how Da Silva sent several text messages to the dead man's girlfriend pretending to be the deceased.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan handed down mandatory life sentences to both men.