The husband of murdered County Tyrone woman, Michaela Harte, may be forced to return to Mauritius for the trial of the men accused of his wife’s murder.
The Irish Daily Mail reported on Thursday that a lawyer for one of the men accused of Michael’s death may summon John Mc Areavey to stand as a witness, during the trial.
The 27-year-old bride was killed in her hotel room in the four star Legends resort while on her honeymoon on January 10, less than two weeks after her wedding.
The school teacher returned to her hotel room to fetch a biscuit to have with her tea after enjoying lunch with her husband. When she failed to return, some time later, McAreavey went to check on her and found her strangled in the bathroom.
Two hotel workers, 29-year-old Abinash Treebhoowoon and 41-year-old Sandip Monea have been charged with her murder and Ravi Rutnah, Treebhoowoon’s lawyer has said he will request that McAreavey travels back to Mauritius to give evidence.
The Daily Mail reports that the prosecution has drawn up a list of witnesses and if the widower’s name is not on it, he will demand an adjournment.
He has referred to McAreavey as the “star witness” and says his presence in court is vital. The attorney maintains that his client was coerced into confessing to murder.
The preliminary trial will begin on June 21.
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