Thursday, July 12, 2012

Michaela McAreavey's Killers NOT GUILTY in Mauritius

Two hotel workers have been cleared of murdering honeymoon bride Michaela Harte in her luxury hotel suite on the paradise island of Mauritius.

Jurors took just two hours to reach the unanimous not guilty decisions on Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea who had both been charged with murdering 27-year-old Michaela after she returned to the couple’s room at the exclusive beachside complex and caught them stealing.

As the two acquitted men walked out of the Supreme Court in Port Louis throngs of people cheered 'justice, justice' in Creole as policemen hurried the men through the chaotic scenes and moments later defence lawyers were carried aloft.

Members of the McAreavey family walked straight out of court when the foreman of the jury made the verdicts known.

John McAreavey and Michaela Harte had been married only 12 days when she was found strangled in the bathtub of their luxury hotel on the paradise island of Mauritius.

Both accused broke down in tears in the dock while relatives jumped to their feet cheering wildly.

During the trial defence lawyers had said that Avinash Treebhoowoon was tortured into confessing to a murder he did not commit by a police force in a hurry to find someone to blame.

The jury's not guilty verdict showed they believed the room cleaner's insistence that a detailed admission statement produced three days after Michaela McAreavey's death, which bore his signature, was a mere fabrication. Read More