As a the hearing to decide whether the two suspects will stand trial for the murder of Michael Harte begins their wives both claim that the men were tortured into confessing the 27-year-old honeymooner, Michaela Harte’s, murder.
The wives of the two men accused, Avinash Treebhowon (30) and Sandip Moneea (41), claim that the two men were tortured until they confessed. They are accused of murdering Harte in her luxury Legend’s Hotel room, in Mauritius, just 12 days after her wedding.
Sandip’s wife, a government worker, Rekha Moneea (39) says that her husband was beaten until he confessed. Avinash Treebhowon’s 21-year-old wife also agrees.
However Detective Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo, who is investigating the murder has said there was evidence against the men, which would be brought to court over the coming days. He said “We are not relying only on confessions.”
Speaking to an Irish Independent reporter Rehna said “I pray for Michaela every day, but my husband is an innocent man. I am asking Michaela's father, give me justice, the police are not doing their work correctly. There is political pressure.
"My husband was in charge of the section where Michaela's body was found. He was not even there when it happened, there is no evidence -- only allegations. From the beginning, he has said 'Je suis innocent'.
"I pray to Michaela, I tell her I need her papa to help, to come and see me, to listen to me."
On Monday a three-day hearing began in the Mapou district court on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. The hearing will determine is the two men will stand trial. if found guilty they could face up to 60 years in prison.
The case was quickly adjourned as Treebhoowoon’s lawyers said their client had no confidence in the magistrate presiding over the case. The case resumed this morning according to the UTV report.
Michaela Harte’s Family did not fly over for the pre-trial. However, they are being kept up-to-date on developments.