22-year-old receives life sentence for murder at Listowel bog

A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of a Brazilian man in a Co Kerry bog over three years ago. John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff was found guilty of murdering of Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16th and 17th, 2012. Tralee Courthouse Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. It took the jury at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee only one hour and 24 minutes to reach its unanimous verdict and find John Paul Cawley guilty of the murder of the 28-year-old. They rejected an option of finding Mr Cawley not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. This is the second time Mr Cawley has been tried for the murder. He successfully appealed his conviction in May on the grounds that the trial judge failed to adequately direct the jury on the onus of proof. In May 2013, Mr Cawley and 31-year-old Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, also of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, were handed down mandatory life sentences by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan for the murder. Mr da Silva also appealed his conviction in May but this was upheld and his life sentence stands. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy backdated the life sentence he imposed on Mr Cawley to May 12th, 2012 when he was first arrested.