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A man accused of murder in a North Kerry bog was under the influence of a ‘monster’ whom he was not able to stand up to, a trial has heard.
Tralee Courthouse
A jury at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee will begin its deliberations tomorrow in the trial of a 22-year-old man.

John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16th and 17th, 2012.

In his closing statement, defence counsel Anthony Sammon said the jury had sat through the ‘worst situation of facts in a killing that any jury in the history of the State has heard’.

He said that bringing the deceased man down a bog lane was sufficient to implicate the accused in the murder if he knew the intention had been to kill.

But he said they had heard the evidence of consultant clinical psychologist, Mr Brian Glanville, who told them Mr Cawley was suffering from a mental disability that substantially diminished his responsibility.

Mr Sammon said Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, who has already been convicted of murder of Mr de Sousa, was a ‘sinister manipulator’ with ‘no regard for decency’.

He said one could not quarrel with the use of the word ‘monster’ in relation to this individual, whose shadow is all over the case.