Wednesday 24 January 2018

Life for 'bog murder' killer who stabbed man 64 times

Killer John Paul Cawley
Killer John Paul Cawley
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Brazilian man who was stabbed 64 times and left in a bog.

John Paul Cawley had denied the murder of Bruno Lemes de Sousa (28) at Shronowen Bog, Listowel, Co Kerry, between February 16 and 17, 2012.

Cawley had told gardaí he had knifed the victim once in the stomach but felt bad about it afterwards.

The partially decomposed body of Mr de Sousa, who had been reported missing by his girlfriend Patricia da Silva, was found lying in a drain at the bog on March 11, 2012. Cawley's younger brother Charlie led gardaí to the scene after he and other family members made a statement at Clonmel Garda Station the previous day.

Charlie Cawley had been in the house in Ardoughter on the night Mr de Sousa was beaten and held captive in an attic, before being taken to the bog and knifed 64 times.

The Brazilian man, who dabbled in dealing cars, lived in Gort in Co Galway with his partner, Patricia, and her son.

She told the trial the last time she saw him was at lunchtime on February 16, when he told her he was going to swap a car. He did not say where. Her partner's killer continually sent her text messages between February 18 and 20, just after he had been murdered, pretending to be him.

This was the second time John Paul Cawley, of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, had been tried for the murder. He and Brazilian national Wenio Rodrigues da Silva (31) - the former partner of Cawley's sister, Sandra - were both previously convicted of murder and jailed for life. Cawley successfully appealed his conviction in May on the grounds that the trial judge failed to adequately direct the jury on the onus of proof.

However, a jury at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee yesterday rejected an option of finding Cawley not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

His defence team brought in an expert witness who testified he was functioning intellectually in a range between mild mental handicap and normal. But consultant clinical psychologist, Brian Glanville, said Cawley was aware his actions were wrong and was not insane.

No motive has ever been offered for the killing except that da Silva had been angered because Mr de Sousa had been going around Gort saying Sandra Cawley "sounded sexy" and was probably "hot".

Irish Independent

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