The two hotel workers accused of strangling and killing Michaela Harte in her hotel room on her honeymoon just two weeks after her wedding are set to face the beginning of their trial this week in Mauritius.
RTE News reports that hotel room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, and floor supervisor Sandip Moneea, 42, will begin their trial in the Mauritius Supreme Court in the Port Louis this Tuesday.
Both of the accused deny they murdered Michaela Harte.
Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA football manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled in her luxury hotel room last January while she was on honeymoon with her new husband John McAreavey. It is believed that Michaela, who was lunching with John, returned to her room to get biscuits and encountered the two accused men in the middle of a burglary in the room. Michaela was later found strangled in the room.
Michaela’s grieving husband John McAreavey is expected to be on hand in Mauritius for the trial this week along with members of both his and the Harte families. Michaela’s father, Mickey Harte, however, will be not be attending in order to lead his Tyrone football team in a championship match against Armagh.
Justice Prithviraj Fecknah will preside over the trial which will call upon thirty witnesses and be heard in front of nine jurors. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.