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Sunday 25 February 2018

Michaela murder trial adjourned as lawyers address legal issues

Michaela McAreavey and her husband John on their wedding day (Irish Times/PA)
Michaela McAreavey and her husband John on their wedding day (Irish Times/PA)
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela McAreavey, arrives at the supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day thirteen of the trial, for the murder of his wife, Michaela McAreavy who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 7, 2012. See PA story IRISH McAreavey. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
John McAreavey (left), husband of Michaela McAreavey, arrives at the supreme court in Port Louis. Photo: PA
Avinash Treebhoowoon denies murdering Michaela McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte
Sandip Mooneea, arrives at the supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day thirteen of the trial for the murder of Michaela McAreavy who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago. Photo: PA

David Young

THE trial of two men accused of murdering honeymooner Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius was adjourned without hearing evidence today.

The unexpected move came after a lawyer for one of the defendants told the court he needed time to address outstanding legal issues.



Co Tyrone teacher Mrs McAreavey, 27, was found dead in her room at the luxury Legends Hotel on the island in January last year.



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



Court was around 40 minutes late getting under way this morning and when proceedings eventually began, Rama Valayden, representing Moneea, asked judge Mr Justice Prithviraj Fecknah for the adjournment.



The barrister had been set to recommence his cross-examination of Mauritius's assistant commissioner of police Yoosoof Soopun.



Mr Valayden said: "I know I am in the middle of cross-examination but I would ask the court to be indulgent so that we can have some time to discuss some matters.".



Chief prosecutor Mehdi Manrakhan said he had no objection to rising for the day, noting that there were "exceptional" circumstances and some important matters to be addressed.



Judge Fecknah agreed to the request.



"If what's being done is in the interests of justice, I think we can have one day to sort things out," he told the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius.



Mrs McAreavey's widower John watched the five-minute exchange from the public gallery of courtroom 5.



He was accompanied by his father Brendan, sister Claire and brother-in-law Mark Harte.



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