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Michaela suspect 'beaten by police'

By David Young

One of the men charged with murdering Michaela McAreavey alleges that police tried to suffocate him with a towel and held his head in a bucket of water while he was interrogated, a court in Mauritius heard.

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, confessed to police about his involvement in strangling the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, but now insists he was forced to sign the statement.

His lawyer Sanjeev Teeluckdharry repeated a complaint his client made to court authorities in the days after the death in January last year.

The accused said he was beaten in the face and on the heels.

Reading his client's statement, Mr Teeluckdharry said: "I was made to suffocate in a towel."

He said on one occasion officers filled a bucket of water.

"I was on a chair, I was gripped by the neck and placed in that pail of water," read his lawyer.

Treebhoowoon, 30, and co-accused Sandip Moneea, 42, deny murdering the 27-year-old teacher on her honeymoon at the Legends Hotel.

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