Thursday 18 January 2018

Michaela murder hotel offers John McAreavey room for trial

John and
Michaela
on their
wedding
day
John and Michaela on their wedding day
John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in North Antrim
Michaela McAreavey's father Mickey Harte (left) and widower John McAreavey (right) follow her coffin as it is carried to St Malachy's church

JOHN McAreavey is believed to have turned down the offer to stay during the trial of the men accused of killing his wife on honeymoon last year.

John McAreavey is believed to have turned down the offer to stay during the trial of the men accused of killing her.



The Legends Hotel in Mauritius is believed to have offered heartbroken John a room while he attends the trial into his beloved wife’s killing in 2011.



But it is understood the Tyrone man would not have been able to bear staying at the place where he lost 27-year-old Michaela on their honeymoon for its painful memories.



John’s family are said to be so concerned for his welfare during the trial which commmences next Tuesday, that they have arranged for him to stay at a secret religious treat for the duration of his stay.



Avinash Treebhowon (29) and Sandip Mooneea (41) are charged with her murder.



The daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte was strangled in the luxury Legends hotel where she was spending her honeymoon with her new husband, John McAreavey on January 10 2011.



The trial of the two accused, who are pleading not guilty, is expected to take two weeks.



It comes after Mauritian state prosecutors announced in December that they believed there was sufficient evidence to mount a formal case against Mr Treebhowon and Mr Moneea.



It also followed a lengthy preliminary inquiry last summer.



The men, who worked in the five-star Legends Hotel in Grand Gaube, have been in custody for the past year.



Mr McAreavey will have to give evidence and relive the harrowing events of last year. Her



He has not been back to Mauritius since he brought his wife's body home for her funeral in January 2011.



And although he was not asked to attend the preliminary inquiry into her murder, he is listed to give evidence in the trial.



Her father Mickey Harte is not going to attend the trial.



Belfast Telegraph

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