Wednesday 20 September 2017

Court hears Michaela ordered tea just minutes before her murder

David Young

ONE of the last people to see Michaela McAreavey alive has recalled that she ordered a cup of tea from him just minutes before her murder.

Mark L'Olive, a supervisor at the Banyon restaurant at Mauritius's Legends Hotel, was on duty when the Co Tyrone honeymooner and her husband John lunched by the poolside on the day she died.



He told the trial of the two hotel workers accused of her murder that after eating, the 27-year-old teacher asked for a cup of tea.



"I don't remember what type of tea she ordered," he said.



"It takes about three minutes to prepare the tea. When I returned to leave the tea at table number six, only Mr John was sitting but his wife wasn't there.



"He said 'Place the tea on the table and my wife will return'."



The prosecution claim Mrs McAreavey left the table to take the short walk back to her room to fetch biscuits to enjoy with the tea.



It is alleged she opened the door to catch Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon stealing and they then strangled her.



Mr L'Olive, giving evidence for the prosecution in French Creole, told the Supreme Court in Mauritius that Mr McAreavey waited for around 15 minutes before settling up and walking off.



"He asked to sign the bill," he said.



"He said his wife isn't coming so he's leaving.



"I don't know what direction he left in."



A short time later Mrs McAreavey's body was discovered when Mr McAreavey got a bellboy to let him into the room.



Under cross-examination from defence barrister Rama Valayden, representing Moneea, Mr L'Olive said he saw Mr McAreavey near the boat house of the hotel a short time after he left.



He also said he had ordered a cup of hot water as he waited for his wife to return.



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