Sister of Kerry murder accused says brother told her he stabbed victim in heart

The sister of a murder accused has told a trial she heard her brother say he stabbed the victim once into the heart. Tralee Courthouse1 Sandra Cawley was giving evidence at the trial of her brother John Paul Cawley at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Tralee. The twenty-two year old of Ardoughter, Ballyduff denies murdering Brazilian Bruno Lemes de Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel on a date between February 16th and 17th, 2012. The body of 28-year-old Bruno Lemes de Sousa was found floating in a drain in Shronowen Bog in 2012, a number of weeks after he had gone missing. He had been knifed several times and his hands were tied with orange twine. A knife was recovered from the Cashen River by the Ferry Bridge in Ballyduff. In her evidence at the Central Criminal Court, Sandra Cawley said Mr de Sousa had called to the house she shared with her two children and her former partner Wenio Rodriguez da Silva at Ardoughter, Ballyduff on February 16th, 2012. She said Mr de Souza had arrived in a silver car which her partner was to buy. Ms Cawley told the jury how she heard a “thud” coming from the utility room and later saw her former partner lead Mr de Sousa from the room. His hands were tied with orange twine. She said Wenio lead Mr de Sousa upstairs to the attic, followed by her brothers John Paul and Charlie. Ms Cawley said the victim had blood on his face and hands. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of four women and eight men.