Pathologist begins her evidence at Kerry murder trial

The blood-stained t-shirt of a Brazilian man whose body was found in a North Kerry bog had tears that indicated multiple stab wounds, a murder trial has heard. Tralee courthouse2 Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster has begun giving evidence at the trial of a 22-year-old man at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee. Dr Margot Bolster attended the scene at Shronowen Bog in Listowel on March 12th, 2012 where the partly decomposed body of 28-year-old Bruno Lemes de Sousa was discovered in a drain. She said his clothes were wet and mud-stained and his t-shirt was blood-stained and showed evidence that he had endured multiple wounds with a sharp weapon. The body is thought to have lain in a drain since February 17th. Up until then Mr Lemes de Sousa had been a ‘missing person’. John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies the murder at Shronowen Bog on a date between February 16th and February 17th, 2012. The trial heard Cawley and another man, Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, had been arrested on suspicion of murder at Ardoughter, Ballyduff on March 11th. After a preliminary examination at Shronowen Bog, Mr Lemes de Sousa’s remains were taken to Kerry General Hospital where a full post-mortem examination was carried out. The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine men and four women.