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Honeymooner's battle with attackers

Michaela McAreavey's desperate last moments as she fought for her life were outlined in a graphic confession statement heard at the trial of the two men accused of her murder.

In the admission read to court, Avinash Treebhoowoon revealed he had spoken with the tragic honeymooner's husband John a short time before her death.

The cleaner at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius, where the couple were staying, also expressed regret and asked forgiveness.

Three days after the teacher's death, Treebhoowoon spent more than two hours with detectives explaining in precise detail what unfolded in room 1025 of the luxury hotel.

He has since claimed the admission was forced out of him, and along with co-accused and fellow Legends employee Sandip Moneea denies the murder charge.

But police vehemently reject the allegation brutal means were used and the confession statement remains a lynchpin of the prosecution case against the pair.

For the first time at their trial in Port Louis's Supreme Court, the jury heard exactly what Treebhoowoon told police happened when Mrs McAreavey placed her key card in the door of room 1025, having briefly left her husband John by the pool.

The judge ordered the defendant to stand as prosecution witness Chief Inspector Luciano Gerard read the original statement to a silent courtroom five.

"As soon as I heard that I understood that someone was opening the door," Treebhoowoon told detectives.

"The door opened and I saw a woman, it was the first time that I saw her, she was white, had brown hair, slim, tanned and she had a pale blue bra and panties the same colour (bikini set). As soon as she entered she saw the wallet (purse) in my hand."

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