Belfast Telegraph

Honeymoon killers 'hid in room'

The alleged killers of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey were hiding in her room and lunged at her only when she had closed the door, police have said.

After strangling the 27-year-old newlywed, the two hotel staff then allegedly went back to work as if nothing had happened.

As widower John McAreavey accompanied his wife's body to the UK, fresh details of the horror that unfolded inside room 1025 of the luxury Legends Hotel in Mauritius on Monday have emerged.

They were outlined in the confession statement of one of the suspected killers - room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 29 - which police on the island have revealed to the Press Association.

Treebhoowoon claims he jumped behind the honeymooners' bed when he heard someone at the door.

"He said he lay there behind the bed until she came in," said a police spokeswoman.

He alleges that he and co-accused floor supervisor Sandip Moneea, 41, had been in the room to steal the couple's valuables. It is understood they had spotted a purse with cash in it while cleaning the day before.

The confessing killer alleges that after grappling with the bride, he held her down while Moneea strangled her. They then dragged her body to the bathroom and dumped her in the bath, turning on the tap before they fled.

There have been widespread tributes to the victim, whose father is one of Ireland's most celebrated sports figures, Co Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

It is understood that Treebhoowoon admitted the crime to officers after a third accused and fellow room attendant Raj Theekoy, 33, made a statement implicating him and Moneea.

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