Trio remanded over honeymoon murder


John McAreavey and wife Michaelaon their wedding day

Three hotel workers have been remanded in custody in Mauritius charged in connection with the murder of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey.

The men, all employed at the luxury Legends Hotel where the newlywed teacher, the daughter of GAA manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled, appeared in court in Mapou Court on the north of the island. Two were charged with murder and one with conspiracy to murder.

Mauritius police said the two men charged with the 27-year-old’s murder were Abinash Treeboowoon, 29, a room attendant from Plaine des Roches, and Sandip Moneea, 41, a floor supervisor from Petit Raffray.

Room attendant Raj Theekoy, 33, faced the conspiracy charge.

During a brief hearing they spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth, police said.

Magistrate Bono Mally remanded them in police custody for a week and they will return to court next Wednesday, when they are expected either to be formally charged or released.

Meanwhile, police commissioner Tishur Ranpersad reassured the public that a large number of experienced officers were working on the case.

At a press conference earlier, he said detectives were doing their best to solve it.

Police sergeant Lindsay Mirthil described it as a “very unusual” case.

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