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Friday 24 November 2017

Michaela's murder trial is set to take place in May

TWO men accused of murdering newlywed Michaela McAreavey will go on trial in Mauritius this May.

As Michaela's heartbroken husband John, and her father, Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, prepare for her anniversary Mass along with the young woman's family and friends this weekend, a trial date has been fixed for the case.



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Former hotel workers Avinash Treebohowon (29) and Sandip Moneea (41) appeared before the Assizes, or Supreme Court, in the Mauritian capital Port Lois yesterday morning.

The pair, who have consistently denied the killing, were not asked to enter a plea.

They will be formally entering pleas in the case when the proceedings begin on May 22 when the jury will also be empanelled.

As required by law in Mauritius, they had the charges of murder read to them, were remanded in custody and ordered to return to court on May 22. The suspects have been held in police custody since their initial arrest in January of last year.

Yesterday's sitting heard how the trial was scheduled to take place over two weeks from May 22 to June 1.

John McAreavey, who is listed as a witness in the case, will have to return to the Indian Ocean island where his wife was strangled to death to give evidence in the trial.

He is expected to be accompanied on the journey by relatives.

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