Men charged in Honeymoon murder

Three
suspects appeared in a Mauritius court Wednesday in connection with the death
of Michaela Harte-McAreavey, daughter of a leading Irish sports figure and wife
of Gaelic football star John McAreavey.

The
three men are all employees of a luxury hotel where the 27-year-old newlywed
was found strangled Monday, according to the Mauritius Police Force.

Room
attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 29, and Sandip Moneea, 41, a floor supervisor,
have been charged with murder. Room attendant Raj Theekoy, 33, faces a
conspiracy charge.

They’ve
been remanded in custody to appear again in court 19 January.

“We
believe we have substantial evidence to connect them to the case,” said
police Superintendent Yoosoof Soopun, who is leading the investigation.

Soopun
said the three men were employees of the Legends Hotel, and authorities believe
they were inside the teacher’s hotel room when she returned alone.

“We
presume they were inside and burgling the room when the lady returned and were
surprised and attacked her,” Soopun said.

The
killer used an electronic key card to enter the room, authorities said.

The
former beauty queen’s husband was in the restaurant of the hotel when his wife
was killed and was not a suspect, Soopun said.

She
had returned to their room to fetch biscuits to go with her tea. When she
failed to return, her husband went to look for her and found her dead, Soopun
said.

A
post-mortem examination showed that she had died from asphyxiation, said Dr.
Sudesh Kumar Gungadin.

Harte
was the daughter of one of the best-known figures in Irish sports, Mickey
Harte, the Tyrone Gaelic football manager.

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