Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Michaela Harte McAreavey murder: Suspect denies any involvement

John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim
Michaela McAreavey's husband John kisses her coffin as her remains are carried to St Malachy's Church in Ballygawley for her funeral mass.
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

A prime suspect in the murder of Michaela Harte McAreavey in Mauritius has given a formal statement denying any involvement in the crime.

Legends Hotel employee Sandip Mooneea (41), who has been charged with murder, said he was working nearby when the 27-year-old was killed, but denied being in the room.

He has continued to protest his innocence despite another of the accused, Abinash Treebhoowoon, confessing that both he and Mr Mooneea killed the honeymooner when she returned to the room to get biscuits.

Investigating officers believe she was killed when she disturbed a robbery.

The floor supervisor made a formal statement yesterday at the Major Crime Investigation Team office at the Line Barracks in Mauritius.

Confronted with the allegations made by Mr Treebhoowoon and security officer Dassen Narrainen -- who is charged with conspiracy to commit murder -- Mr Mooneea told investigators: "I've got nothing to do with the murder of Michaela Harte. I was not in room 1025 when she was killed."

He was charged with murder two weeks ago. Mr Treebhoowoon has since alleged police brutality and an inquiry has been launched.

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