Belfast Telegraph

Lawyers seek new McAreavey inquiry

The family of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey and the people of Ireland would not want innocent men convicted of her murder, defence lawyers have told jurors.

Barristers for the two Mauritius hotel workers accused of the crime also called for a new police investigation into the Co Tyrone teacher's death at the island's Legends hotel, insisting the real culprit was still at large.

Counsel for Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon urged the jury to find their clients not guilty as they delivered separate closing addresses to their trial at the Supreme Court in Port Louis.

At the close, proceedings were adjourned to Thursday, when the jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict after receiving judicial directions.

Former Mauritian attorney general Rama Valayden, representing Moneea, said convicting the men would inflict a wound on Mrs McAreavey's soul.

"Don't cause another injury to Michaela wherever she is," he said.

The lawyer, in an address lasting almost three-and-a-half hours, said a fresh police probe would allow her family finally to get the truth.

"Come back and send the right signal to our nation," he told the nine jury members.

"Send the right signal to our Irish brothers and sisters - in Mauritius we love you and we want justice to be done and for justice to be done we want a new inquiry."

Treebhoowoon, 32, from Plaine de Roches, and Moneea, 43, from Petit Raffray, deny murdering the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football boss Mickey Harte in her deluxe room in Legends. Both defendants worked at the exclusive beachside resort at the time she was found strangled last January.


From Belfast Telegraph