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The Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius, where the murder trial of Michaela McAreavey was halted this morning. Paul Faith/PA Wire

Michaela McAreavey: Trial halted over legal row

Trial in Mauritius postponed until tomorrow morning as judge asks for time to consider legal issues.

THERE WAS A major twist in the murder trial of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius this morning.

Shortly after the case opened this morning, counsels for both of the men accused of her murder, Avinash Treebhoowoon, 31, and Sandeep Moonea, 42, became involved in a legal debate with the court.

The presiding judge at the court in Port Louis, Justice Pritiviraj Fekna, said that he needed a day to consider the issue. He told the Supreme Court:

If what’s being done is in the interests of justice I think we can have one day to sort things out.

Both the accused have denied the murder of  Michaela in Legends hotel in January of last year on the island. She was there on honeymoon with new husband John McAreavey. Her father is Tyrone GAA football manager Mickey Harte.

The case has now been postponed until tomorrow morning.