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Police harassing me, claims Michaela suspect

Cormac McQuinn

Published 13/10/2012 | 05:00

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THE only suspect facing charges in relation to events surrounding the death of Michaela McAreavey has complained of "harassment" by Mauritian police who are conducting a new probe into her murder.

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Former Legends Hotel security guard Dassen Narayanen, who faces a charge of conspiracy to commit larceny in the hotel room that Michaela was sharing with her husband John, made his complaint in court.

His lawyer, Poonum Sookun, is seeking to have the provisional charge against her client struck out following the acquittal of Mr Narayanen's alleged co-conspirator, Sandip Moonea, who had been accused of killing the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte. Another hotel worker, Avinash Treebhoowoon, was also cleared after the two-month murder trial.

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Mr Narayanen has complained that his fiancee's family have been harassed by police.

Ms Sookun told the court that the continuing police interest in her client amounted to "harassment".

Provisional murder charges against Mr Narayanen in the early days of the probe into Michaela's death were later downgraded to larceny after he implicated Mr Moneea in an alleged attempted theft in the couple's room.

Irish Independent

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