Friday 25 May 2018

Michaela suspect hospitalised for stress

Mayessen Nagapa-Chetty

ONE of the men charged in connection with the murder of Michaela Harte was admitted to hospital in Mauritius earlier this week suffering from stress-related symptoms.

Hotel employee Dassen Narainen had confessed to police that he gave a colleague a key-card which was used to gain access to the room where Michaela was killed.

He appeared in court on Wednesday -- but was admitted to hospital on Thursday.

Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo said reports that the accused had complained of seeing "Michaela McAreavey in front of him" were incorrect.

"The doctor said he was suffering from stress, and that was causing his nose to bleed," he said.

A decision was made to move him to Jeetoo Hospital in the capital, Port Louis, on Thursday where he was kept overnight. However, he was discharged yesterday and taken back to his police cell.

Doctors said afterwards that he was in "good health" and was "mentally stable". He is due in court again in two weeks time.

In a brief statement, Mrs Poonum Devi Sookun, Mr Narainen's legal counsel, told local reporters that she had not been told her client was ill.

Charges

"I know nothing about the case and I only read it today (yesterday) on the website of a newspaper," she said.

"I have been trying to contact the MCIT but I have got no response."

Mr Narainen is one of five men facing charges over the killing of Michaela, who was strangled and left in the bath of her honeymoon suite at the luxury Legends Hotel in Mauritius on January 10. The 27-year-old teacher was the daughter of GAA boss Mickey Harte.

Officers said their investigation is continuing.

However barrister Ravi Rutnah, who is representing one of the accused, said the police have failed to supply them with any evidence which they claim implicates the five hotel employees.

Mr Rutnah has now written to the DPP in Mauritius requesting copies of the evidence.

Irish Independent

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