Northern Ireland

McAreavey murder: man to appear for prosecution

Michaela McAreavey
Image caption Michaela McAreavey: thousands attended her funeral

A man charged in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey has been released without charge after agreeing to turn state's witness.

Hotel room attendant Raj Theekoy had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Mrs McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius in January.

Two employees of the Legends hotel have been charged with the murder of the 27-year-old schoolteacher.

Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo of the Mauritius police said Theekoy "heard and saw a lot of things and his evidence would be important to the prosecution".

Theekoy heard the victim's screams from outside her hotel room but failed to raise the alarm.

Inspector Jokhoo said he was confident it would not take long for the case to come to trial.

A decision on whether or not Michaelas's husband, John McAreavey, would be called as a witness was a matter for the Mauritius director of public prosecutions, he added.

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