Sunday 19 November 2017

Trial of two men for murder of Michaela Harte on Mauritius honeymoon to go ahead in May

THE TRIAL of two men for the murder of Michaela Harte McAreavey on her honeymoon in Mauritius is to go ahead on May 22.

Avinash Treebhowon (29) and Sandip Mooneea (41) were formally charged with her murder at the Supreme Court in the capital Port Luis this morning.

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.

Co Down footballer John McAreavey and Mr Harte and are planning Michaela's anniversary Mass for Friday.

A large crowd is expected at the small church in Ballymacilroy, Co Tyrone, where the young couple were married just 10 days before Michaela died.

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

The trial of the two suspects in Michaela's murder 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 when the case finally goes to trial -- and relive the harrowing events of last year.

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

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

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