Freed guard tells of devastation over his arrest
Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00
DASSEN Narayanen admitted he made a statement to police implicating a co-worker in the murder of Michaela Harte.
The former security guard at the Legends Hotel claims he was forced by the police to make a statement about Seenarain Mungoo.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Mungoo told of his devastation at being arrested in connection with the murder despite his innocence.
The father of a 14-year-old boy had to endure being photographed in handcuffs even though he was working on the other side of the Legends Hotel at the time of the killing.
Mr Mungoo said officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) asked him to come for questioning with them on January 19 -- nine days after Michaela was killed.
He was taken to the MCIT headquarters in Port Louis for questioning.
"They told me Dassen told them that he saw me touching a key and putting a sticker on it. They said this is why I was being held," Mr Mungoo said.
Two days after Mr Mungoo was taken for questioning, Mr Narayanen (26) withdrew his statement about the security guard. Mr Narayanen claims he only did so because he was beaten by the police.
Mr Mungoo, however, was held in police custody for a further 22 days before he was finally released without charge by a Mauritian magistrate.