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Raj Theekoy, room attendant at the Legends Hotel and witness for the prosecution, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day eleven of the trial for the murder of Irish citizen, Michaela McAreavy, who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago

Raj Theekoy, room attendant at the Legends Hotel and witness for the prosecution, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day eleven of the trial for the murder of Irish citizen, Michaela McAreavy, who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago

Paul Faith

Brenan McAreavey and his daughter Claire, father and sister of John McAreavey, arrive at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day eleven of the trial for the murder of Irish citizen Michaela McAreavey, who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago

Brenan McAreavey and his daughter Claire, father and sister of John McAreavey, arrive at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day eleven of the trial for the murder of Irish citizen Michaela McAreavey, who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago

Paul Faith

Raj Theekoy, room attendant at the Legends Hotel, and witness for the prosecution, waits outside the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day ten of the trial of the murder of Michaela McAreavey

Raj Theekoy, room attendant at the Legends Hotel, and witness for the prosecution, waits outside the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day ten of the trial of the murder of Michaela McAreavey

Paul Faith

John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon

John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, arrives at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, where he will stand trial accused of strangling Michaela McAreavey

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, arrives at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, where he will stand trial accused of strangling Michaela McAreavey

Paul Faith

Avinash Treebhoowoon, left, and Sandip Moneea, right, deny murdering Michaela McAreavey

Avinash Treebhoowoon, left, and Sandip Moneea, right, deny murdering Michaela McAreavey

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim

John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim

A wedding picture on the front of the Order of Service at Michaela McAreavey's funeral

A wedding picture on the front of the Order of Service at Michaela McAreavey's funeral

Four hotel workers have been remanded in custody in Mauritius over the murder of Michaela McAreavey, pictured with her husband John

Four hotel workers have been remanded in custody in Mauritius over the murder of Michaela McAreavey, pictured with her husband John

Michaela McAreavey

Michaela McAreavey

The wedding party (from left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela McAreavey, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey

The wedding party (from left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela McAreavey, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey

Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

Niall Carson

The heartbroken husband of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey says he has been left totally devastated

The heartbroken husband of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey says he has been left totally devastated

Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey

Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey

John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.

John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

Niall Carson

Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Niall Carson

The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.

The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.

Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home

Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home

Alan Lewis

Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.

Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport.  Friday January 14, 2011.

A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport. Friday January 14, 2011.

Paul Faith

Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day

Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day

Irish News

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day

Irish News

Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..

Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..

Raj Theekoy

Raj Theekoy

George Michel

Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to  Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.

A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.

Justin Kernoghan

Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.

Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.

Michaela Harte in with Throphy in  St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement

Michaela Harte in with Throphy in St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement

Micheala Harte in fancy dress in  St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..

Micheala Harte in fancy dress in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..

A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley

A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley

Justin Kernoghan

Michaela Harte  after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)

Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)

Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married

Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married

A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley

A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley

Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley

Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk       11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.

A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley

A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley

Justin Kernoghan

Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone

Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone

(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey

(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey

Irish News

Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast

Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.  Pic by Ian Magill.  23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.

Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte. Pic by Ian Magill. 23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.

Ian Magill

Michaela Harte

Michaela Harte

Ian Magill

Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey  on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.

Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.

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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park

Trevor Martin.

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education

Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.

Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.

RTE

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew

©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

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Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Michaela McAreavey pictured with her husband John on their wedding day (Irish News/PA)

Michaela McAreavey pictured with her husband John on their wedding day (Irish News/PA)

Raj Theekoy, room attendant at the Legends Hotel and witness for the prosecution, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, on day eleven of the trial for the murder of Irish citizen, Michaela McAreavy, who was murdered on her honeymoon a year ago

A hotel worker who claims he saw the two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey leave the crime scene was drinking tea and joking with one of the defendants an hour later, a court in Mauritius has heard.

A defence lawyer claimed prosecution witness Raj Theekoy and Avinash Treebhoowoon were sharing a laugh in the canteen at the island's exclusive Legends Hotel in the wake of Michaela McAreavey's death in room 1025 of the beachside complex.

Mr Theekoy, who told police he went straight home after finishing work that day, rejected barrister Rama Valayden's account.

"I don't drink tea," he added.

Mr Valayden, lawyer for co-accused Sandip Moneea, insisted the witness was with Treebhoowoon.

"You were joking with him," he claimed.

The lawyer said the pair were actually having a joke about Moneea.

Mr Theekoy told police he saw the two men emerge from room 1025 shortly after hearing a woman screaming from inside.

He said he initially did not report it because he was scared and Moneea threatened him.

A lawyer for Treebhoowoon, Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, later referred the witness to a statement he made at a previous court hearing when he said he had been in the canteen earlier on the day and, significantly, had been drinking tea.

Mr Theekoy replied: "I wanted to say I went to drink juice but I said tea to the court."

Fellow Legends employees Moneea, 42, and Treebhoowoon, 31, deny strangling the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte last January.

Mrs McAreavey's father-in-law, Brendan McAreavey, and sister-in- law, Claire McAreavey, were in court to watch the witness being cross-examined.

Her widower, John, is elsewhere on the island, unable to attend proceedings until he himself gives evidence for the prosecution.

On his first day in the witness box at the Supreme Court in Port Louis yesterday, Mr Theekoy said he and the two defendants were among employees who went to the scene of the crime after a commotion broke out when Mrs McAreavey's body was discovered.

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

Mr Theekoy was originally arrested as a suspect in the case and subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder. But that charge has since been dropped and he has been granted immunity from prosecution.

He is giving his evidence 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 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 the vicinity 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.

The attendant further claims that Moneea warned him to keep his mouth shout when he later confronted him about what he saw.

Belfast Telegraph