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Monday 23 April 2018

Michaela murder: Couple arguing on CCTV at hotel are Germans and not McAreaveys

Assistant commissioner Yoosoof Soopun said the man and woman in the CCTV footage had been identified as holidaying Germans
Assistant commissioner Yoosoof Soopun said the man and woman in the CCTV footage had been identified as holidaying Germans
John McAreavey with Michaela

David Young in Port Louis, Mauritius

GRAINY images of a couple apparently arguing in the hotel where Michaela McAreavey was murdered are not of the tragic honeymooner and her husband, a police chief has told a court in Mauritius.

Assistant commissioner Yoosoof Soopun said the man and woman had been identified as holidaying Germans.



The exchanges between the German couple at the reception of the Legends Hotel were captured on CCTV the day the Co Tyrone teacher was strangled in her room in the luxury complex.



The footage was filmed just after 3pm on January 10 last year, around 15 minutes after the prosecution claim the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte died at the hands of two hotel employees.



Former room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 31, and floor supervisor Sandip Moneea, 42, deny her murder.



As the pictures were shown at their trial at the packed Supreme Court in Port Louis, the officer insisted it was not the McAreaveys.



"I am 100pc sure that the couple found at the reception at 15.02 is not the McAreavey couple and I am able to confirm it," he said.



He produced documentation to the court relating to the German couple, Harald Hoger and Sabarese Graiella.

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