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Michaela McAreavey murder trial opens in Mauritius

Two former employees of the hotel where Michaela and her husband were on honeymoon are accused of killing her in her hotel room.

Sandip Moneea arriving at the court this morning
Sandip Moneea arriving at the court this morning
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire

THE TRIAL OF the two men accused of the murder of Michaela McAreavey in January 2011 begins in Mauritius this morning.

Avinash Treebhoowon, 30, and Sandip Moneea, 41, two former employees of the hotel where Michaela and her husband John McAreavey were on honeymoon, are accused of killing her in her hotel room.

The accused face up to 45 years in jail if found guilty. Both deny premeditated murder.

Proceedings began this morning at Mauritius Supreme Court in the capital city Port Louis and will be presided over by Judge Fekna Prithviraj, according to Mauritian news website Le Défi Plus.

The two defendants were brought to court early this morning. Much of the court proceedings today is expected to be taken up with selecting a jury.

More than 30 witnesses will be called before the court for the trial which is expected to last two weeks. Michaela’s husband John has travelled to Mauritius for the trial and is expected to give evidence for the prosecution.

The 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte  was found strangled in her hotel room on 10 January 2011, less than two weeks after her wedding.

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