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Bellboy returns to assist Michaela McAreavey murder probe

By Deborah McAleese

The bellboy at Legends Hotel who disappeared from Mauritius before he could give evidence at Michaela McAreavey’s murder trial has returned to the island to speak with detectives involved in the new probe into her death.

Police were under pressure to speak with Rajiv Bhujun, who was with John McAreavey when he discovered his wife’s body in their hotel room on January 10, 2010.

Mr Bhujun could not be found when he was called in May to give evidence against his two work colleagues Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon who were on trial for Michaela’s murder.

After the two suspects were acquitted following an eight-week trial, police launched a new investigation into the killing of the 27-year-old.

It is understood that Mr Bhujun had been working on a cruise when he was informed by family members that police were keen to speak to him about what he had seen on the day Michaela was strangled.

Although Mr Bhujun provided a statement to police at the time of the murder, they hope he will be able to give them new information that could lead to Michaela’s killer or killers.

Bhujun was the first person to arrive at the scene when John screamed for help after he found his wife’s body.

Seconds earlier the bellboy had opened the door of the bedroom for John who did not have a key.

On Monday a lawyer for one of the men acquitted of the murder said that Mr Bhujun should be able to provide “material evidence which can assist the inquiry”.

What now?

The Mauritian police botched the original investigation into Michaela McAreavey’s murder. They are now having to try and gather evidence that should have been gathered first time around. And more than one-and-a-half years after the crime, it will be extremely difficult to start such a major investigation from scratch. Forensic evidence has either been lost or contaminated and witness statements could prove unreliable after such a passage of time.

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