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Witness Raj Theekoy, a hotel room attendant, outside the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius

Witness Raj Theekoy, a hotel room attendant, outside the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius

Witness Raj Theekoy, a hotel room attendant, outside the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius

A hotel worker who claims he saw two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey exit the crime scene in Mauritius is due to give evidence when their trial resumes on Monday.

Raj Theekoy told police he witnessed Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon leave the luxury room at the Legends Hotel on the island shortly after hearing a woman cry out in pain from inside.

The 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone gaelic football boss Mickey Harte was found strangled in room 1025 of the exclusive beach side complex last January.

The prosecution claim the tragic honeymooner momentarily left her husband John beside a pool to fetch biscuits from their room when she walked in and caught the two defendants stealing.

Mr Theekoy, who along with the two accused worked at Legends at the time, is appearing as a prosecution witness at the high profile trial in the Supreme Court in Port Louis.

He was originally arrested as a suspect in the case and subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder. But that charge has since been dropped. It is expected that he will give his evidence, already summarised by the prosecution at the outset of the trial, in his native tongue of French Creole.

A short time before the murder, Mr Theekoy claims he was cleaning room 1012 when the two defendants walked in. He alleges that Treebhoowoon told Moneea that a Do Not Disturb sign was still hanging outside the McAreaveys' room.

The room attendant told police that Moneea then called the room to see if there was an answer. With no one picking up, Mr Theekoy has said Moneea dispatched Treebhoowoon to clean the room. Around 50 minutes later, Mr Theekoy claims he left room 1012 and went to see Treebhoowoon.

But when he got to room 1025 he noticed the door was shut and says shortly after he heard a woman cry out. He claims the two co-workers then emerged. Instead of checking the room or raising the alarm, Mr Theekoy says he went and hid. He claims that Moneea later warned him to keep his mouth shout.

Fellow room attendant Treebhoowoon, 31, from Plaine des Roches, and floor supervisor Moneea, 42, from Petit Raffray, both deny murder.

PA