Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cruel ordeal of John McAreavey at Michaela murder trial nears end

Widower forced to hear 'grotesque' theories on wife's death advanced in court, says Mayessen Nagapa-Chetty

Widower John McAreavey
GOING THROUGH HELL: Widower John McAreavey

Mayessen Nagapa-Chetty

IT was an emotional John McAreavey who last week listened to closing arguments in the trial of two hotel workers accused of killing his wife Michaela as the pair enjoyed their honeymoon in Mauritius.

As though he had not suffered enough after discovering her body strangled and dumped in the bath of their hotel room, the trial's prosecutor said, he has, over the past six weeks, been forced to listen as the defence advanced a series of "unseemly and grotesque" theories designed to raise doubts in the jury's mind and point the finger of blame for her demise at him.

Among them were suggestions that the sexual act erotic asphyxiation might have played a part in her death. CCTV footage showing a couple arguing around the time Michaela was killed was also introduced. The defence suggested it featured the McAreaveys -- it later transpired that the couple were a pair of German holiday-makers.

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