Brother of murder accused led gardaí to body, Kerry murder trial hears

The brother of a man accused of murdering a Brazilian man led gardaí to the bog where his body was discovered. The Central Criminal Court in Tralee heard Charlie Cawley took gardaí to a number of locations in North Kerry of interest in their investigation. Tralee courthouse2 John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel on February 16th and 17th, 2012. Detective Inspector Dan Keane from Listowel was contacted by gardai in Clonmel on March 10th, 2012. A number of people had made statements regarding events at an address in Ardoughter, Ballyduff on February 16th. The following day gardai attended a number of locations with Charlie Cawley, a brother of the accused. Detective Sergeant John Heaslip told the trial these included Ballyconry Cross, where the victim’s jacket was recovered, and the Ferry Bridge in Ballyduff, where a knife had been thrown into the Cashen River. Charlie Cawley also led them to Shronowen Bog where they discovered the body of Bruno Lemes de Sousa. The trial also heard translated transcripts of text messages from the murder victim’s phone to the mobile of his girlfriend Patricia da Silva, sent between February 18th and 20th, claiming to be him and that he owed money. Detective Sergeant Heaslip said a search warrant was obtained to search the house in Ardoughter and the accused John Paul Cawley and another man, Wenio Rodriguez da Silva were arrested on suspicion of murder.