Neighbours woken by noise of children crying, Kerry murder trial hears

Neighbours at a house in North Kerry, where it is alleged a Brazilian man was beaten and held captive before being murdered in a bog, have told a trial they were woken up by noise coming from next door. Tralee courthouse2 Catherine Costello, who lives at 3 Ardoughter, Ballyduff, was woken after 11pm on the night of February 16th by the sound of children crying and car doors being opened and closed. She was giving evidence this morning at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee at the trial of a 22-year-old man who’s accused of murder. John Paul Cawley of 2 Ardoughter, Ballyduff denies murdering Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel on a date between February 16th and 17th, 2012. The body of the 28-year-old was found lying in a drain in the bog. He had been knifed a number of times and his hands were tied. Catherine Costello heard noises coming from next door that night. She woke her husband Aidan O’Connor, who told the court he also heard the sound of children crying and car doors opening and closing. When he looked out a front window he saw two men putting something that looked like furniture into the back of a car. He also saw his neighbours, John Paul Cawley and Wenio Rodrigues da Silva, who was the partner of Cawley’s sister Sandra, get into a car. He said two cars then drove off. Their daughter, Claire Costello, who was friendly with Sandra Cawley called to the house on Friday, February 17th. She said she was surprised to find Sandra Cawley and her brothers Charlie and John Paul cleaning the place. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.