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Friday 18 April 2014

Girlfriend was told bog murder victim 'being deported'

Bruno Lemes de Sousa
Bruno Lemes de Sousa

THE girlfriend of a Brazilian man who was murdered and dumped in a bog got a phone call from a private number saying he was being deported.

Patricia Silva last saw her boyfriend, Bruno Lemes de Sousa (28), at 2pm on February 16 last year.

The couple shared a home at The Maples in Gort, Co Galway, from where Mr de Sousa left to travel to Co Kerry to sell a car.

Speaking at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee at the trial of the two men accused of his murder, she said she called his number continually that day and eventually spoke to him, for the last time, at 7pm.

Wenio Rodriguez da Silva (29) and John Paul Cawley (20), both of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, deny murdering Mr de Sousa at Shronowen bog, Tullamore, Co Kerry between February 16 and March 11. Mr da Silva had fathered a child with Mr Cawley's sister Sandra.

The Brazilian's body was found dumped in a drain in the remote bog on March 11 with his wrists bound. He had been beaten before being stabbed to death.

Ms Silva said she later tried to ring her boyfriend but failed to get through. The following day she received a call from a private number telling her Mr de Sousa was being deported from Cork at 3.15pm that day.

A friend later called the gardai in Cork, who said there was no report of a deportation.

Two days after Mr de Sousa had left Gort, Ms Silva received a text message from his number.

"He said he was okay, was in Dublin and owed a lot of money but only had €1,000 and for me not to worry," she continued.

She said she replied to the text, believing it to be Bruno. She later received calls from a Brazilian who introduced himself as 'William'. In one call he told her Bruno had left with two men and had gone to Cork.

Mr da Silva's former employer, Michael Dalton from Lisselton, Co Kerry, also gave evidence.

He said Mr da Silva had worked on his farm and they had struck up a friendship and he had even become the godfather of Mr da Silva and Sandra Cawley's daughter.

Letter

Mr Dalton recalled meeting Mr de Sousa on February 16 when he came to meet 'Wen' as he referred to Mr da Silva.

He had asked if he'd mind if Mr de Sousa stayed and watched them milk the cows.

Following his arrest, Mr da Silva wrote a letter to Mr Dalton.

Mr da Silva wrote: "I no kill the guy. Sandra's brother did that but I don't know how to prove that."

The trial continues.

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