THE widower of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has moved to correct part of the evidence he gave to the trial oftwo men accused of the crime. A lawyer for John McAreavey made a statement in Mauritius 's Supreme Court indicating that his client made an error in thewitness box and wanted to amend it. His 27-year-old wife - the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football boss Mickey Harte - was found strangled in her room in the luxury Legends Hotel onthe holiday island in January last year. The prosecution claims she was murdered by Legends employees SandipMoneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon when she returned to the room tofetch some biscuits and found them stealing. |
In emotional evidence yesterday, Mr McAreavey revealed that heoffered to get the biscuits for his wife but she told him not toworry because he had already done it for her the night before. But he was challenged by defence lawyer Rama Valayden, representingMoneea, who said electronic readings of entries to the room thatevening did not tally with his account. Today Mr McAreavey's lawyer Dick Ng Sui Wa said his client wantedto inform the court that he had got the date wrong and the incidentactually happened two days before the January 10 murder. "In fact, it was not on January 9 2011, it was on the 8th andthat's the reason it was not borne out in the room readings," heexplained. A lawyer for Treebhoowoon, Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, insisted that MrNg Sui Wa was in court with a watching brief for a witness and socould not admit evidence.
Mr Ng Sui Wa said it was not evidence, just a statement. Judge Mr Justice Prithviraj Fecknah agreed and pointed out that ifhe wanted the information to be included as formal evidence, thenthe prosecution would need to make an official motion to court. Chief prosecutor Mehdi Manrakhan said he would consider thestatement before deciding whether to proceed with a motion. Mr McAreavey sat in the front row of the public gallery ofcourtroom 5 in Port Louis watching the legal exchanges.
He had been unable to attend proceedings until yesterday when hecompleted his evidence. Today he sat with his father Brendan, sister Claire andbrother-in-law Mark Harte. Former Legends room attendant Treebhoowoon, 31, from Plaine desRoches, and floor supervisor Moneea, 42, from Petit Raffray, denymurdering Irish language and religious education teacher MrsMcAreavey, from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone. - David Young.
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