Northern Ireland

Michaela McAreavey's widower John may return to stand in Mauritius

The trial for the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius has adjourned for the day.

It follows a prosecution move to recall her husband, John, after a lawyer said he had "mixed up" some of the dates in his evidence on Wednesday.

Lawyers will confirm on Friday whether Mr McAreavey will return to the witness stand.

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, and Sandip Moneea, 42, both deny murdering the County Tyrone teacher.

She was killed on her honeymoon in January 2011.

A lawyer for Mr McAreavey told the court that his client made an error in the witness box and wanted to amend it. It is understood he mixed up a date he gave while giving evidence.

The court also heard on Thursday from a cleaner at the Legends Hotel where Mrs McAreavey was killed.

Govinden Saminaden claims he was with one of the accused at the time of the murder.

The room attendant told the jury that he had been friendly with Sandip Moneea, for five years and that Mr Moneea was his supervisor.

Mr Saminaden broke down in the witness box when he was asked if the police had pressurised him to sign statements.

He said he was threatened by detectives who allegedly said: "We've already arrested three for this, we can arrest you too."

The witness told the court that at the time of the murder Mr Moneea was with him cleaning another room in the hotel.

The trial continues.

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