Tralee Trial hears murder accused told gardaí he stabbed victim first

A man who’s on trial for murder was found rocking himself at the back of the squad car after his arrest. John Paul Cawley was blessing himself, saying: “I killed him, I killed him. I’ll tell you the truth.” Tralee courthouse2 Mr Cawley told gardai he stabbed Bruno Lemes de Sousa once in the stomach before the injured man fell into a dyke at a North Kerry bog. The 22-year-old with an address at 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, denies murder at Shronowen Bog, Listowel on a date between February 16th and 17th, 2012. John Paul Cawley told gardai he doesn’t know why he stabbed Bruno Lemes de Sousa except that he wanted to get the first one ‘over with’. He told gardai his sister Sandra’s partner, Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, asked him for his help. The body of the 28-year-old was found in Shronowen bog on March 11, 2012, following a statement given to gardai by the accused man’s brother, Charlie. A trial at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee heard he was stabbed 64 times. The transcripts of a series of garda interviews in which he admitted his part in the murder were read to the jury. In his statements, he told gardai Bruno had cried and pleaded for his life as Wenio led him down a lane at the bog. At first, Mr Cawley denied the victim had been assaulted at the house in Ardoughter but later admitted he had been struck over the head with a bar before being tied and held in the attic. The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCarthy.