Michaela 'found thieves in bedroom'

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John McAreavey, husband of Michaela McAreavey, arrives with his father Brendan, right, at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius // John McAreavey, husband of Michaela McAreavey, arrives with his father Brendan, right, at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela McAreavey, arrives with his father Brendan, right, at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius
Michaela McAreavey's fairytale marriage was brutally ended by two thieves she caught red-handed in her bedroom, a court in Mauritius has heard.
The daughter of Tyrone gaelic football boss Mickey Harte screamed as she was murdered in the room in the island's luxury Legends Hotel by two staff members, a chief prosecutor told jurors.
Opening the case against the two accused, Mehdi Manrakhan claimed a third employee heard her cries from outside the door, but instead of helping her, ran away and hid.
The lawyer said Mrs McAreavey, from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, and her new husband John had flown to Mauritius to spend "what was meant to be the best days of their married life".
"Regrettably, members of the jury, that honeymoon was brutally interrupted by the senseless murder of the bride," he said.
Defendants Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea deny the charge of premeditated murder. The court heard Treebhoowoon confessed to police in the days after the death but later claimed the statement had been beaten out of him.
Principal state counsel Mr Manrakhan described Mrs McAreavey as a beautiful bride who was the love of her husband's life.
John McAreavey was not in the Supreme Court in Port Louis, because he is due to be a witness later in the trial, but his sister Claire and Michaela's brother Mark Harte listened intently as the prosecutor outlined the facts of the case.
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