« BackKerry trial hears wounds inflicted on murder victim required force

A man accused of a sustained and violent attack on a Brazilian man is of ‘slight build’, according to his Garda custody record.

Bruno Lemes de Sousa died from haemorrhage and shock after sustaining 64 stab wounds.

John Paul Cawley of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies the murder.

John Paul Cawley’s custody record describes his build as ‘slight’ and his height as 5′ 5”, following his arrest on suspicion of murder on March 11th, 2012.

The 22-year-old denies he murdered 28-year-old Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel on a date between February 16th and 17th, 2012.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster, who carried out a post-mortem examination on the deceased man’s partially decomposed remains, found he had been stabbed 64 times.

Dr Bolster said some of the wounds inflicted on him would have required a lot of force.

Some of the stab wounds penetrated bone and muscle, the trial heard.

Mr Cawley and another man, Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, were arrested on suspicion of the murder.

Tralee Courthouse

Garda Pat O’Leary told the Central Criminal Court in Tralee that Mr da Silva’s custody record at Listowel Garda Station, records his build as ‘slim’.

The trial continues on Wednesday morning before Judge Patrick McCarthy and a jury.