Sunday 18 February 2018

Widower won't be recalled to clarify evidence

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

MURDERED Michaela McAreavey's husband John will not be asked to return to the witness box to correct an error in the evidence he gave on Wednesday.

Prosecution lawyer Mehdi Manrakhan yesterday said he would not be making a motion to have clarification made by Mr McAreavey's lawyer be entered into evidence nor would he be calling the widower back as a witness.

He said he had made the decision not to recall him after defence lawyers indicated they would object to a request that he testify again.

Mr McAreavey was back in the Mauritian Supreme Court yesterday, accompanied by his brother-in-law Mark Harte, to watch proceedings. He is now allowed to do so, as he has finished giving his testimony.

The prosecution claims Michaela was murdered by former hotel workers Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea when she returned to their room to collect some biscuits, and found them stealing.

Mr McAreavey had told the court on Wednesday that he had offered to get the biscuits for his wife, but she told him not to worry because he had done it for her the night before.

He was confronted by defence lawyer Rama Valayden, with electronic readings of entries to the room that evening did not show his return for the biscuits.

Mr McAreavey told the court there must have been an error with the hotel's computer system because he had definitely returned to the room that night.

On Thursday his lawyer, Dick Su Wa, said Mr McAreavey had got the date wrong and the incident happened two days before the January 10 murder.

Irish Independent

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