A Brazilian man whose body was discovered at a remote bog in North Kerry had been stabbed 64 times.
28-year-old Bruno Lemes de Sousa, died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple stab wounds, a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee heard today. Blunt force trauma to the head and body were also contributory factors. Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster has been giving evidence at the trial of a 22-year-old man accused of murder at Shronowen Bog, Listowel. John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies the charge on a date between February 16th and 17th, 2012. Dr Bolster said the deceased had endured a sustained and violent attack and was stabbed 64 times in the face, neck, chest, abdomen and arms. He had also suffered multiple blows with a blunt instrument that would have disabled him but would not have been fatal, Dr Bolster concluded. She said defence injuries suffered by Mr Lemes de Sousa on his hands and arms were consistent with being struck with a torque wrench. The trial continues on Wednesday morning before Judge Patrick McCarthy and a jury at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee.