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Michaela murder trial adjourned until Monday

The judge has said he needs more time to consider his ruling on some legal issues.

Brice Lunot, Director of Legends Hotel outside the supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, after giving evidence, earlier in the trial.
Brice Lunot, Director of Legends Hotel outside the supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius, after giving evidence, earlier in the trial.
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THE TRIAL OF two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey has been adjourned until Monday to allow some legal issues to be dealt with.

The jury was not present in the court yesterday, and was called before the judge this morning to be told that the trial was to be adjourned until Monday so that the judge could decide on a ruling relating to legal issues brought forward by the principal state counsel.

Meanwhile a key witness in the case – the bellboy Rajeev Bhujun who accompanied Michaela’s husband John to the couple’s room when he found his wife dead – now works abroad on a cruise ship. Efforts made by the prosecution who had listed him as a witness to have him present at the trial have been in vain.

Judge Prithiviraj Fekna has said that he will consider the arguments of counsel for both sides, and will also go through the testimony of police officers who have been testifying in court since the beginning of the trial.

The prosecution rested its case earlier this week after the jury, both men accused of her murder and their lawyers visited the Legends Hotel (now called the Lux) where Michaela and John were spending their honeymoon, and where she was found dead.

On Monday a report on that visit will be produced by the registrar of the supreme court.

Avinash Treebhoowon, one of the accused men, is expected to take the stand next week. He and his co-accused Sandeep Moonea plead not guilty.

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