Murder accused was under influence of a 'monster', court told
Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30
A man accused of murdering a Brazilian in a bog was under the influence of a "monster" to whom he did not have the ability to stand up, a trial has heard.
A jury at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee was told John Paul Cawley (22) suffered from a mental disorder that diminished his responsibility.
Mr Cawley, of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa (28) at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16 and 17, 2012.
The victim suffered 64 stab wounds and his partially decomposed body was found in a drain in a bog, with his hands bound.
In his closing statement, defence counsel Anthony Sammon said that bringing the deceased man down a bog lane was sufficient to implicate Mr Cawley in the killing, if he knew that the intention had been to murder.
However, he said the court had heard the evidence of consultant clinical psychologist, Brian Glanville, who told them Mr Cawley was suffering from a mental disability that substantially diminished his responsibility.
Mr Glanville told the trial the accused had a low IQ that would have put him at a disadvantage.
But under cross-examination by Conor Devally, prosecuting, Mr Glanville said the accused understood that his actions were wrong and he was not insane.
Mr Sammon said Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, who has already been convicted of murdering Mr de Sousa, was a "sinister manipulator".
"One cannot quarrel with the use of the word 'monster' in relation to this individual," he said. "He (da Silva) has been convicted of this murder but his shadow is all over this case."
The jury is expected to begin its deliberations today.