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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Witness: murder accused sent me photos of victim

Published 11/05/2013 | 05:00

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Wenio Rodrigues da Silva
Bruno lemes de Sousa
Patricia De Silva

A WITNESS has told a court that a man accused of the murder of a Brazilian sent him pictures on a mobile phone of the victim bound and beaten.

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Weslley da Carvalho Gomez said he received three photographs of Bruno Lemes de Sousa (28) in which his hands and head were "dirty with blood" and his fingers were swollen and purple but he looked like he was still alive.

Speaking through an interpreter in the Central Criminal Court, Mr Gomez said Wenio Rodriguez da Silva (29) had told him he was going to kill Mr de Sousa because he had been talking about his partner, Sandra Cawley, to people in Gort, telling them he was going to "f**k her".

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Mr da Silva and his co-accused, John Paul Cawley (20), both with addresses at Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, deny murdering Mr de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Tullamore, Listowel, Co Kerry, between February 16 and March 11, 2012.

Mr de Sousa's body was found in a drain at the bog on March 11 by gardai.

He had been reported missing by his girlfriend, Patricia Silva, on February 18.

Ms Silva had last seen her boyfriend on February 16 when he left their home in Gort, Co Galway, to travel to Kerry to sell a car.

Yesterday, Mr Gomez said he was a friend of Mr de Sousa's, whose former girlfriend was his ex-wife's sister.

He said he also knew Mr da Silva.

Mr Gomez told the court he spoke by phone on February 16 to Mr da Silva, who told him he had had an argument with Mr de Sousa and had hit him on the head with a spanner.

He said he had previously pleaded with Mr de Sousa not to go to Mr da Silva's, saying he would be "mad and crazy" to do so because his two brothers-in-law – John Paul and Charlie Cawley – were there.

In his statement to the gardai, Mr Gomez said that on February 15 he spoke by phone to Mr da Silva, who told him he was going to kill Mr de Sousa because he had been talking about his partner, Sandra Cawley.

Ms Cawley is Mr da Silva's former partner and the mother of his child. Mr Gomez said he didn't believe Mr de Sousa had got into a fight with Mr da Silva because he was "very quiet and did not fight".

"Wenio (da Silva) said he would send me a picture but it never came. He rang me two or three times afterwards to see if the picture came but it did not until the next morning," he said.

He claimed Mr da Silva later admitted to him he had killed Mr de Sousa at the bog. He said the victim told him he would give him €10,000 to spare his life but he stabbed him 45 times.

"I told Wenio he was stupid and that the guards would find Bruno when it got hot but Wenio said he had put him too far into the bog and threw the knife in the river."

Mr Gomez said he deleted the photographs from his mobile phone when Mr da Silva was arrested because he was afraid. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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