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John McAreavey to take the stand in Michaela murder trial today

He will be called to give evidence for the prosecution.

John McAreavey in Mauritius
John McAreavey in Mauritius
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE HUSBAND OF murdered schoolteacher Michaela McAreavey is to give evidence in the trial of her accused killers in Mauritius today.

The trial has now entered its third week and lawyers for the prosecution indicated Tuesday that they will call John McAreavey today.

The 31-year-old has not been allowed into the courtroom during the trial because he is to give evidence. His father Brendan, sister Claire and Michaela’s brother Mark Harte have all attended the Supreme Court in Port Louis for the hearings.

Avinash Treebhoowon, 30, and Sandeep Moonea, 42, are accused of killing the 27-year-old Tyrone teacher on 10 January 2011 while she was on honeymoon in the hotel where they worked. Both deny the charges.

Yesterday, defence counsel had the opportunity to poke holes in the statements made by Raj Theekoye, the key witness for the prosecution.

Yesterday: Defence lawyers accuse key witness of lying>

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