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Friday 24 November 2017

Michaela: CCTV footage of 35 minutes from Legends hotel on day she died to be shown

According to Mr McAreavey, after his wife's death, his faith is helping him with the grieving process.
According to Mr McAreavey, after his wife's death, his faith is helping him with the grieving process.
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela. Photo: PA

David Young in Port Louis, Mauritius

CCTV footage from the Mauritius hotel where honeymooner Michaela McAreavey was found dead is to be played at the trial of two men accused of her murder.

The images at Legends Hotel on the island cover a 35 minute period on the day of the crime last January and an hour from the day before.

Giving evidence at the trial, Assistant Commissioner of Police Yoosoof Soopun was asked by a defence lawyer to bring the material to the Supreme Court in Port Louis tomorrow.

Co Tyrone teacher Mrs McAreavey, 27, was found strangled in her room at the exclusive beach side complex.

Former hotel employees Avinash Treebhoowoon, 31, and Sandip Moneea, 42, deny murdering the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football boss Mickey Harte.

Judge Mr Justice Prithviraj Fecknah told Mr Soopun to return to court with the footage in the morning, when it would be broadcast.

"We will make arrangements for projectors and screens to be brought in," said the judge.

Defence barrister Rama Valayden, representing Moneea, asked for footage from 2.55pm to 3.30pm on the day of the murder - January 10 - and 11am to 12pm the previous day. No other details about the CCTV images were heard in court.

The prosecution claims the defendants murdered Mrs McAreavey at around 2.45pm when she walked in and disturbed them stealing.

Her widower John, brother Mark Harte, father in law Brendan and sister in law Claire were all in court as Mr Soopun agreed to source the material.

The family members left soon afterwards just as a doctor who examined Mrs McAreavey after her death was set to take the stand.

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