Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Harte tragedy: Two confess to Michaela killing as details of horror in Room 1025 are revealed

Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.
Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.
Michaela Harte in with Throphy in St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement
Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..
Micheala Harte in fancy dress in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..
A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley
Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day
Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)
Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married
A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley
Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.
A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley
Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone
(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey
Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003
Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte. Pic by Ian Magill. 23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.
Michaela Harte
Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park
Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education
Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Two of the three suspects charged over the murder of newlywed Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius have confessed, police said today.



Prime suspect Avinash Treebhoowonn has admitted to murder and provided detectives with details of all that happened during the killing, a senior detective told the Belfast Telegraph.

The development came as Michaela’s body began its journey home this morning.

Her coffin was taken from Victoria Hospital morgue to the airport, where it will be flown to London. It is expected back in Co Tyrone some time tomorrow.

Meanwhile police were continuing their probe into the killing .

Speaking today, Inspector Ranjid Jokhoo confirmed Treebhoowonn had provided detectives with a confession, along with evidence to help them build their case against his alleged accomplice, Sandip Moneea.

It also emerged that Raj Theekoy, who is charged with conspiracy to murder, told police he was at the couple’s room and that he had seen and heard the victim scream — but did nothing.

Inspector Jokhoo said Moneea, who is charged with murder, will be questioned today.

“We now have all the details — Avinash has told us what happened,” he said. “We will be questioning Moneea at a later stage.

“Theekoy, who is charged with conspiracy, told us he had seen and heard the victim screaming, but he didn't do anything.”

He added that a reconstruction is due to take place at Legends Hotel around noon GMT.

Mrs McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was found strangled in her hotel room on Monday.

Yesterday police warned that Mrs McAreavey’s killer may not yet have been caught. Police chief Dhun Iswur Rampersad said officers were “keeping an open mind” and that “there may have been some other guy who did the job”.

Michaela’s husband, who discovered her body in the bathroom of their hotel room on Monday afternoon, said he has been left heartbroken by her death.

“Words have no meaning. My beautiful wife, my best friend, my rock Michaela has been taken from me and I still can't take it in,” Mr McAreavey said.

Suspects Treebhoowoon and Moneea appeared in Mapou District Court in the north of the island yesterday charged with murder. A third room attendant, Theekoy (33), also appeared in court on a charge of conspiracy.

It is understood that all three employees had passed background checks in order to be “certified” to work at Legends Hotel.

At the hearing, held in the Creole language, alleged killer Treebhoowoon claimed he was laid naked on a table and beaten on his feet with a hosepipe by police in a bid to get him to admit his guilt.

He added: “A towel was wrapped over my face and I was punched all over my body.”

Magistrate Bono Mally remanded the men in police custody for a week. All three face up to 60 years in jail if found guilty.

Police on the island have said they would like Mr McAreavey to remain until early next week to assist with inquiries.

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