Defence lawyers in final address to Michaela McAreavey murder trial

Monday 09 July 2012 23.51
Michaela McAreavey was killed while on honeymoon in Mauritius
Michaela McAreavey was killed while on honeymoon in Mauritius

The verdict in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial is expected later this week after defence lawyers addressed the court for a final time today.

The presiding judge will give legal directions to the nine member jury on Thursday morning before they begin their deliberations.

Day 32 of evidence at the trial was a marathon session as the defence teams took their final opportunity to make their case to the jury.

Sanjeev Teeluckdharry has the more difficult task as his client Avinash Treebhoowoon, aged 32 and from Plaine de Roches, made a controversial confession and then claimed it was beaten out of him.

The lawyer told court the statement should be discarded, saying overzealous police officers had fabricated it and had crucified the truth.

Mr Teeluckdharry said police in Mauritius should reopen the investigation in order to find the real culprit.

During his closing statement, he also criticised the evidence Mrs McAreavey's husband, John, gave to court.

He claimed Mr McAreavey was evasive on the stand and his testimony contained "disturbing elements".

Rama Valayden represents 43-year-old Sandip Moneea, from Petit Raffray, against whom there is circumstantial evidence.

He called the police activity Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.

He cited the Roman tradition of throwing innocent people to the lions for amusement.

No-one in Ireland would want to take innocent people and find them guilty of Michaela McAreavey's murder, he said.

Both defendants worked at the exclusive Legends Hotel at the time of the murder in January 2011.

The prosecution claims they attacked the 27-year-old newlywed when she interrupted them stealing in her room.

The trial began on 22 May and is now in its eighth week.