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The judge at a trial in the Central Criminal Court in Tralee will continue his charge of the jury this morning.
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Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy began his charge yesterday afternoon following the six-day trial of a 22-year-old accused of murdering a Brazilian man at a North Kerry bog over two years ago.

John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16th and 17th, 2012. The jury of nine men and four women is expected to begin its deliberations today in the trial that is now in its seventh day. It will be up to them to decide if John Paul Cawley is guilty of murder or not guilty of murder but guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Throughout the trial, details have emerged about the accused’s background. Defending counsel Anthony Sammon said he is an ‘unfortunate man’ who had been dealt one of the ‘worst hands’. One of 11 children, Mr Cawley spent his childhood in various foster homes, following the death of his father at the age of 48. The trial heard he was effectively homeless when he moved in with his sister Sandra and her partner Wenio Rodrigues da Silva at Ardoughter, Ballyduff.

The jury also heard Mr Cawley has a low IQ and suffers from a mental disability but is not insane and understood his actions were wrong.