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The sister of a murder accused has told a trial how she was living in fear of her former partner.
Tralee Courthouse
Sandra Cawley has been giving evidence at the trial of her brother John Paul, who denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16th and 17th, 2012. Twenty-two-year-old John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, is on trial at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee. Ms Cawley’s former partner, Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, was the only other person charged with the murder of Bruno Lemes de Sousa. The 28-year-old Brazilian’s body was found lying in a drain at Shronowen Bog, Listowel a number of weeks after he was first reported missing. His hands were bound and he had been knifed a number of times. Ms Cawley said the victim was brought to the bog by da Silva in his car, with her brother Charlie travelling in the back. She followed in Mr Lemes’s silver Vectra, with her brother John Paul driving and her two children in the back. When they arrived at Shronowen Bog, she said John Paul and Wenio took Mr Lemes further into the bog. She said they were gone for some time and returned without Mr Lemes. Ms Cawley outlined how she had previously taken out a barring order against her partner but later got back with him and moved to Kerry. She said the beatings resumed within six months and she was “petrified” of him. Under cross examination by defebce counsel Anthony Sammon, she said her brotherswere also in fear of him. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of four women and eight men.