Trial hears murder victim pleaded for gardai to be called

A witness in a murder trial has told how the victim had pleaded with her to call the gardai. But Sandra Cawley said she was too afraid because her former partner Wenio Rodrigues da Silva was holding a torque wrench and was with fellow Brazilian, Bruno Lemes de Sousa. Tralee courthouse2 Ms Cawley was giving evidence at her brother John Paul’s trial at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee for the murder of Mr Lemes at a North Kerry bog over three years ago. Twenty-two-year-old 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 28-year-old’s body was found lying in a drain at the bog. His hands were bound and he had been knifed to death. Sandra Cawley told the jury she was in the victim’s car with her two children and her brother Charlie at the bog when her brother John Paul and Wenio returned without Mr Lemes. She heard her brother say he had stabbed Bruno once in the heart. Charlie Cawley told the trial he had helped clean blood stains from the house because he was in fear of Wenio. Their sister Martina Cawley said her brothers Charlie and John Paul had visited her in Waterford and told her what happened. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee.