Wednesday 13 December 2017

Husband face to face with Michaela accused

Sandip Mooneea arrives at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, where he denies murdering Michaela McAreavey
Sandip Mooneea arrives at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, where he denies murdering Michaela McAreavey
Claire McAreavey, sister of John McAreavey arrives at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela McAreavey arrives with his father Brendan (right) at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius. Photo: PA
John McAreavey listens as his sister Claire reads a statement outside the court flanked by (far left) Michaela's brother Mark and (right) barrister Dick Sui Wa

THE husband of slain honeymooner Michaela McAreavey yesterday came face to face for the first time with the men accused of brutally killing her during a botched robbery in the couple's hotel room last year.

John McAreavey -- who returned to the paradise island of Mauritius to testify in the murder trial -- was seated just metres from Avinash Treebhoowoon (30) and Sandip Moneea (42), who stand accused of killing his new bride more than a year ago.

But as a witness in the trial, the Co Down man was required to leave the courtroom, and was not present to see Mr Moneea's pleas to Judge Prithviraj Fekna when he said: "My lord, I swear I did not kill her."

Both men pleaded not guilty to killing Ms McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte.

A jury of six men and three women was selected at yesterday's proceedings.

Irish Independent

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