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Michaela accused caught arguing on CCTV

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
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 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

The three suspects in the Michaela McAreavey murder were caught on CCTV cameras arguing just moments after she was killed.





The camera footage was the first key in the chain of evidence for police in Mauritius at the beginning of the investigation.



Abinash Treebhoowoon (29), a room attendant, has been charged with Michaela's murder along with Sandip Moneea (41), a floor supervisor during an apparent botched robbery.



The third accused, room attendant Raj Theekoy (33), was charged with conspiracy to murder.



Police Commissioner Dhun Ishwar Rampersad said that it was Treebhoowoon who originally came up with the plan to steal money and jewellery from Down footballer John (30) and Michaela's room.



“Over the previous two days he had spotted a wallet with a large amount of money in it lying in the room with some jewellery and he hatched a plan to steal it,” he said.



He told the floor supervisor, Mr Moneea, about the money and all three went to the floor where the honeymoon couple were staying. Mr Theekoy stayed outside the door while the other two men went inside, the police said.



But just moments later Michaela (27) returned to her room to get some biscuits to eat with her tea she was having with her new husband.



“They panicked when she came in,” police inspector Ranjid Jokhoo said.



“Abinash [Treebhoowoon] has admitted to us that he held her legs down and he says that Sandip [Moneea] tried to stop Michaela from screaming by covering her mouth and then strangling her.



“He is insisting that they did not intend to kill her. He is saying that it was unintentional. But that doesn't mean we will change the murder charge.”



Mr Treebhoowoon has allegedly already confessed to police that they were in the room with the intention to steal purses and jewellery.



He was brought to the room where Michaela died and showed police how he tackled the young woman.



He held her legs down in the bathroom and he told officers that Moneea covered Michaela's mouth and then pressed down on her neck.



Once the duo realised that she was dead, they lifted her body into the bath and turned on the tap in a desperate attempt to get rid of the evidence.



When they left the room, Theekoy demanded to know what had happened - he has also provided a re-enactment of what he saw happen on the day. Mr Moneea is expected to be brought to the hotel room today to outline his version of events.



The two accused of her murder could face at least 45 years in jail if convicted of premeditated murder. Theekoy could be sentenced for up to 18 years for conspiracy to commit a crime.

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