The prosecutor in the Michaela Harte murder trial has told how an eyewitness heard the newly married Irish bride cry out in pain as the accused left her hotel room in Mauritius.
Lawyer Mehdi Manrakhan has told the trial how the witness saw defendants Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea leave Michaela’s hotel room as she cried out in anguish.
The two hotel workers deny the charges that they murdered honeymooner Michaela, daughter of Tyrone GAA team boss Mickey, at the Legends Hotel in January of last year.
Manrakhan has told the first full day of the court that eyewitness Raj Theekoy was outside the room when he heard noises.
“He heard a female voice crying ‘Agh, agh, agh’ as if she was in pain,” said the lawyer.
“The witness then saw the two men accused of the crime leave the room.”
Manrakhan also told the Mauritius trial: “Michaela was the love of husband John’s life and they had decided to spend a dream honeymoon in Mauritius after their wedding.
“Mr McAreavey had returned to their room after his wife, daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, failed to return from fetching biscuits to have with a cup of tea.
“He had to get a member of the hotel staff to open the door when no one answered.
“As soon as John entered room 1025 his worst nightmare began. In the bathroom John saw Michaela lying senseless in the bathtub.”
“Medical examinations showed Mrs McAreavey died from asphyxiation due to compression of the neck.
“Medical evidence is such that there can be no doubt that Michaela had been brutally killed.”
Manrakhan told the court that Treebhoowoon had confessed to police about his role in the murder - which he said was a robbery gone wrong – but the jury later heard claims that he accused the police of beating the statement out of him.
The lawyer also said that Moneea emphatically denied involvement, but the evidence would show he was a liar.
Extra security measures were implemented in the courthouse on the second day of the case after chaotic scenes on Monday according to the Irish Independent.