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Saturday 18 November 2017

Four remanded over Michaela Harte murder

Four hotel workers appeared in court in Mauritius today in connection with the murder of Michaela Harte who was strangled on her honeymoon.

All the men are staff at the luxury complex on the island where 27-year-old Michaela was staying.

Room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 29, and floor supervisor Sandip Moneea, 41, have been charged with murder and room attendant Raj Theekoy, 33, with conspiracy to murder.

They were remanded in police custody and will reappear before a court in a week's time.

The fourth man, security worker at the four-star Legends Hotel Narayanen Dassen, 26, was arrested in connection with the murder after the other three and charged with conspiring in the murder, police said.

Dassen was also remanded in police custody at today's brief hearing in Mapou, in the north of the island.

On Monday, around 3,000 people attended the funeral of the Irish language teacher, who was the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

The newlywed, from near Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, is thought to have been killed as she disturbed a burglary in her hotel room.

She was buried in her wedding dress at St Malachy's church outside her home village.

When detectives have completed their inquiry, they will hand over any evidence to the director of public prosecutions, who will decide which charges the suspects should stand trial for then refer the case to a magistrate before it proceeds to a higher court, police said.

This process is likely to take some time.

A police spokesman said: "They appeared in court once more. The case will be in court once more in seven days. It is normal procedure that they are in court so we have more information to check."

He added the fourth suspect had been charged with conspiring in the murder.

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