Friday 19 January 2018

Hotel worker says he saw accused leave McAreavey room

Murder accused Sandip Moneea closely followed by Avinash Treebhoowoon leaving the Supreme Court in Mauritius during the murder trial of Michaela Mc Areavey

A witness who claims he saw the two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey leave the crime scene in Mauritius has given evidence at their trial today.

Room attendant Raj Theekoy (35) told the court this morning that he witnessed Sandip Moneea (42) and Avinash Treebhoowoon (31) leaving room 1025 in the Legends Hotel shortly after he had heard a woman scream three times from inside.

The 27-year-old newlywed was found strangled in the room at the exclusive beach side complex in January 2011.

Mr Theekoy is appearing as a prosecution witness at the trial in the Supreme Court in Port Louis.

He was originally arrested as a suspect in the case and subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder. He claimed initially that he knew nothing about what happened but claimed that after speaking to his wife he decided to tell the truth. He has since been granted immunity by the DPP.

He also described the events after the murder, saying he saw John McAreavey crying and saying “Please save my wife”.

He said that Moneea later warned him to keep his “mouth shut or we will drag you into this case”.

The court was then adjourned for several hours to allow members of the judiciary to attend the funeral of a local judge.

When it resumes later today, Mr Theekoy will be cross-examined by the defendants’ lawyers.

John McAreavey is also scheduled to give evidence this week.

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