07/06/2012

Widower 'Mixed Up Dates' In Mauritius Evidence

The widower of a murdered newlywed may be called to give more evidence at court in Mauritius.

A lawyer at the trial of two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey last year said her husband had "mixed up" some of the dates in his evidence yesterday.

The prosecution has requested that John McAreavey be allowed to come back to the witness stand as he wanted to amend an error he made while giving evidence under questioning yesterday.

The trial was adjourned and lawyers will confirm tomorrow whether he will be allowed to speak again.

The court also heard from a cleaner at the Legends Hotel, who claimed he was with one of the accused, Sandip Moneea, his supervisor, at the time of the murder, cleaning another room in the hotel.

Govinden Saminaden may provide an important alibi for one of the men who deny the murder in a trial that has drawn a lot of attention in Mauritius and Northern Ireland.

When asked if police had pressurised him to sign statements, Mr Saminaden broke down and said he had been threatened by detectives.

They allegedly told him: "We've already arrested three for this, we can arrest you too."

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, and Sandip Moneea, 42, both deny murdering Michaela McAreavey, who was found strangled in her honeymoon suite in March 2011.

The trial continues.

(NE)

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