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Michaela murder trial: judge and jury to visit honeymoon hotel

The court will visit the former Legends hotel this morning following a request from the defence team.

The hotel has now been renamed Lux.
The hotel has now been renamed Lux.
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE JUDGE AND JURY in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial will today visit the former Legends hotel where the young teacher was killed last January.

The nine members of the jury will be accompanied by the judge Prithviraj Fekna and counsel for the defence and the prosecution.

The trip to the hotel, which has been renamed Lux since the murder last year, comes after a request from the accused’s lawyers who believe it is important to allow the jury to clearly see the layout of the building and grounds.

The group will examine the main entrance, golf course, reception and restaurants of the complex. They will also visit the room in which Michaela was staying with her husband John as they honeymooned on the island.

The surrounding room of the De Luxe block, where Room 1025 is located, will also be open for examination.

After the visit, the trial will resume in the afternoon with the defence calling its first witness. Avinash Treebhoowon and Sandeep Moonea stand accused of killing the 27-year-old teacher who was a daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte. The prosecution claims that McAreavey was strangled after she caught the accused stealing in her room.

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