Michaela Harte and her husband John McAreavey photographed on honeymoonPA

A doctor has described how he found the body of Michaela Harte lying on the floor near the bathroom when he arrived at the Legends Resort last January.

Speaking in court Dr Ramachandra Su- nassee said he responded to  an emergency call from the four-star Mauritius resort regarding  a “female client” of Irish nationality, the Irish Examiner reports.

The preliminary enquiry began on Monday into the death of the Tyrone woman who was murdered while on honeymoon.

The fifth witness to give evidence, Dr Sunassee told the district magistrate that Michaela was "unconscious and she was not breathing on his arrival".  Upon examination of her body he found a “scratch mark” on the right hand side of the victim’s neck.

"I thought something was wrong and I told an employee of the hotel that the lady was dead and police should be called," he told the court.

He added that the 26-year-old’s pupils “were fully dilated and fixed".

During cross examination the doctor said when he arrived at the door of the couple’s hotel suite the hotel manager and another staff member were present.

"The door of the room was closed when I arrived there and we entered together," he said.

No other witnesses were called on Tuesday. Two of the lead investigators Chief Inspector Luciano Gerard and Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo are expected to give evidence in the coming days.
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