Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Key witness not called at Michaela killing trial

A witness in the murder trial of Michaela McAreavey who gave a statement believed to contradict that of a key prosecution witness was never called to give evidence, it has been reported.

According to UTV, a statement from hotel bellboy Rajiv Bhujun — who was first into the room where Michaela was killed — called into question an account by the state’s key witness Raj Theekoy.

Mrs McAreavey (27) — daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte — was murdered in the luxury Legends Hotel in Mauritius where she was on honeymoon with her husband John in January 2011.

Two hotel workers, Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowoon, were accused of killing the school teacher after it was alleged she found them stealing from her room.

But the pair were acquitted by a jury following a two-month trial at Mauritius’ Supreme Court in the capital Port Louis.

If Rajiv Bhujun’s statement is correct, it would mean Mrs McAreavey’s killer or killers may have been in the room when her husband John was trying to get in.

The information was revealed in a UTV Insight documentary.

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