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bruno lemes de sousa, who is believed to be the body found in the bog in kerry on march 11.

bruno lemes de sousa, who is believed to be the body found in the bog in kerry on march 11.

Patricia De Silva girlfriend of the dead man pictured on her way out of Tralee Court in Tralee Co Kerry today 22/5/13

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       www.dwalshphoto.com  STORY – Two men have been found guilty of murdering a Brazilian man and dumping his body in a north Kerry bog.The body of Bruno Lemes De Sousa was discovered in Shronowen Bog outside Listowel on March 11th 2012.20 year old John-Paul Cawley, and 29 year old Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva, both with an address at 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, were accused of murdering 28 year old Bruno Lemes De Sousa, between February 16th and 17th last year.Both men pleaded NOT guilty to the charge of murder; however John-Paul Cawley pleaded guilty to manslaughter; they have both been found guilty of murder.It took the jury just over an hour and a half to return unanimous verdicts on both counts, finding Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva and John-Paul Cawley guilty of murdering Bruno Lemes De Sousa.The 28 year old’s body was  found by Gardai following a planned search on the 11th of March last year at a bog at Tullamore, Listowel.Bruno’s hands were bound; he was lying face up in a pool of water and had been stabbed 64 times.The court heard that both Wenio and John-Paul had beaten Bruno around the head with a wheelbrace at their home at Ardoughter Ballyduff, before driving him to the bog where they stabbed Bruno to death.Both men had denied the murder charges, but John-Paul Cawley pleaded guilty manslaughter.However the jury at the Kerry sitting of the Central Criminal Court convicted both men of murder.Judge Garrett Sheehan imposed the mandatory life sentences on both men.

Patricia De Silva girlfriend of the dead man pictured on her way out of Tralee Court in Tralee Co Kerry today 22/5/13 Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD © Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Phone Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981 E/mail - info@dwalshphoto.ie www.dwalshphoto.com STORY – Two men have been found guilty of murdering a Brazilian man and dumping his body in a north Kerry bog.The body of Bruno Lemes De Sousa was discovered in Shronowen Bog outside Listowel on March 11th 2012.20 year old John-Paul Cawley, and 29 year old Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva, both with an address at 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, were accused of murdering 28 year old Bruno Lemes De Sousa, between February 16th and 17th last year.Both men pleaded NOT guilty to the charge of murder; however John-Paul Cawley pleaded guilty to manslaughter; they have both been found guilty of murder.It took the jury just over an hour and a half to return unanimous verdicts on both counts, finding Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva and John-Paul Cawley guilty of murdering Bruno Lemes De Sousa.The 28 year old’s body was found by Gardai following a planned search on the 11th of March last year at a bog at Tullamore, Listowel.Bruno’s hands were bound; he was lying face up in a pool of water and had been stabbed 64 times.The court heard that both Wenio and John-Paul had beaten Bruno around the head with a wheelbrace at their home at Ardoughter Ballyduff, before driving him to the bog where they stabbed Bruno to death.Both men had denied the murder charges, but John-Paul Cawley pleaded guilty manslaughter.However the jury at the Kerry sitting of the Central Criminal Court convicted both men of murder.Judge Garrett Sheehan imposed the mandatory life sentences on both men.

John Paul Cawley, 19, Ardoughter, Ballyduff in Co Kerry   who was charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Brazilian man whose body was found in a bog in north Kerry, pictured at the District Court in Newcastlewest in 2012.
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John Paul Cawley, 19, Ardoughter, Ballyduff in Co Kerry who was charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Brazilian man whose body was found in a bog in north Kerry, pictured at the District Court in Newcastlewest in 2012. Picture by Don MacMonagle

Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, from Brazil who was charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Brazilian man whose body was found in a bog in north Kerry, pictured at the District Court in Newcastlewest in 2012.
Picture by Don MacMonagle

Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, from Brazil who was charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Brazilian man whose body was found in a bog in north Kerry, pictured at the District Court in Newcastlewest in 2012. Picture by Don MacMonagle

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bruno lemes de sousa, who is believed to be the body found in the bog in kerry on march 11.

TWO men are beginning a life sentence behind bars for the brutal murder of a Brazilian man they stabbed 64 times and left to rot in a bog hole.

A jury at the Central Criminal Court deliberated for just one hour and 32 minutes before returning a unanimous verdict of guilty in the case of Wenio Rodrigues da Silva (29) and John Paul Cawley (20).

Father-of-two da Silva and Cawley, both of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, had denied the murder of Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Tullamore, Listowel, on February 16 or 17, 2012.

Cawley had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but the jury rejected his claim of diminished responsibility.

As Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan sentenced them to life imprisonment, John Paul Cawley nodded.

His co-accused appeared to be in shock.

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Neither man had any support in court apart from their legal teams, and did not interact with each other throughout the trial.

Their 28-year-old Brazilian victim had been beaten with a wheel brace, tied up and held captive in the attic of the rented house in Ballyduff where he pleaded with them to spare his life and even offered them money to set him free.

His captors took pictures of him on a mobile phone that were sent to a friend of his, that showed him bleeding from the head and with swollen and purple hands.

A post-mortem revealed one of his fingers had been broken.

He was then bundled into a car and brought to a remote bog on a cold, dark February night. He was bound, bleeding and begging for his life.

He was stabbed repeatedly in a frenzy, and left to die in a drain where his badly decomposed body was found almost a month later.

Mr de Sousa had been stabbed 64 times in the face, neck, chest, arms and stomach. Tell-tale knife wounds on his bound hands revealed he had probably held these up in a futile gesture of self-defence.

Bruising on his forearms also revealed his efforts to defend himself earlier as he was being beaten with a blunt instrument.

His girlfriend, Patricia Silva, who was in the public gallery, had to endure evidence of her loved one's final hours – how he had looked terrified, and had cried and pleaded for his life.

She had last seen him on February 16 when he left their home in Gort to travel to Co Kerry to sell a car. She expected him home later that night.

Two days after his, death she received the first of 54 text messages that she initially believed to have been from Bruno, whom she had reported missing to gardai in Gort on February 18.

Yesterday, Ms Silva quietly listened to a translation of the proceedings from the court interpreter, accompanied by a close friend and a female garda from Gort.

She declined to give a victim impact statement to the court and also declined to speak to reporters following the conviction of her boyfriend's murderers. Following the verdict, she sat with her friend, letting the news sink in that finally someone had been held responsible for Bruno's killing.

Cawley's family, including his sister Sandra and brother Charlie, who were in the Ballyduff house while Mr de Sousa was held captive and later travelled to the bog where he was murdered, were absent yesterday and for most of the trial.

Both were prosecution witnesses and had given evidence against their brother and Sandra's former partner, da Silva, who was the father of one of her three children.

What never became clear throughout the trial was a plausible motive.

The jury heard Sandra Cawley's claim that Bruno had made a throwaway remark to da Silva about her, saying she sounded like she had "a sexy voice" and was "probably hot", based on a brief telephone conversation.

It was also mentioned that John Paul Cawley had agreed to buy a car from Mr de Sousa for €500 and that a row had broken out between them because he hadn't been paid.

On the opening day of the trial, the Cawley family, including their mother, had posed for pictures with Cawley in the dock that they took on their mobile phones.

Yesterday, he cut a lonely figure, on his own and apparently no longer even on speaking terms with the man with whom he had carried out the gruesome murder.

Irish Independent