Security guard faces charge in Michaela killing

A hotel security guard who was among the initial suspects in the Michaela McAreavey murder case is set to be charged in connection with her murder.

Security guard faces charge in Michaela killing

Reports from Mauritius, where the former Rose of Tralee contestant was honeymooning with her husband John McAreavey when she died, confirmed the move yesterday.

According to local newspaper L’Express, police sent a 50-page report to the island’s DPP last December calling for Dassen Narayanen — a former security guard at the Legends Hotel where Ms McAreavey was killed — to be charged in connection to the death.

The recommendation only emerged yesterday and was due to be discussed in the Mauritius parliament last night.

Mr Narayanen was originally questioned and charged with conspiracy in relation to the case after his DNA was found on a safe door in the McAreaveys hotel room and on a dummy security card used to open the door.

However, this charge was dropped in March.

As a previous case last summer ultimately acquitted Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowon of murdering Ms McAreavey, the situation had left her family with unanswered questions over what happened.

The day after the murder, Mr Narayanen is understood to have phoned the hotel to say he was sick and unable to work.

He claimed this was because he had injured his leg and it was in a cast. However, he was later seen walking in a supermarket, local reports said.

During last summer’s trial of Mr Noonea and Mr Treebhoowon, witnesses confirmed that Mr Narayanen was seen outside the McAreaveys’ room in the hours before the incident occurred.

This was despite the fact he was originally meant to be working in another part of the complex.

Witnesses also confirmed that Mr Narayanen was seen on CCTV near the room in the hour before Ms McAreavey was found on Jan 10, 2011.

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