Key witness to Michaela McAreavey murder found dead in Mauritius

Key witness to Michaela McAreavey murder found dead in Mauritius

Michaela McAreavey was strangled to death at a hotel in Mauritius in 2011. File Picture: PA

Michaela McAreavey's widower has promised to continue to fight for justice for her and her family, despite the news that the lead witness in her murder trial has been found dead.

Police in Mauritius confirmed that Raj Theekoy’s body was discovered on a wasteland in Beau-Plateau in Goodlands on the north of the island last night.

An investigation into his death is now underway.

Mr Theekoy, 43, was a cleaner at the Legends hotel resort where Michaela McAreavey had been staying with her husband John when she was killed in 2011.

The Co Tyrone teacher, who had been married 10 days earlier, was attacked as she returned to her room alone and disturbed a burglary in progress. 

Michaela, the daughter of three-time All-Ireland-winning Gaelic Football manager Mickey Harte, was just 27 years old.

Initially, Raj Theekoy was provisionally charged with conspiracy to murder.

However, after spending two months in prison, the case against him was dropped and he was granted immunity from prosecution.

Trial

Two former workers at the luxury resort — Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon — were later acquitted after a high-profile trial on Indian Ocean island in 2012.

The death of Mr Theekoy would not end the pursuit of her killer, according to a lawyer who represents the interests of the family of Ms McAreavey in Mauritius.

John McAreavey. Picture: Charles Chan/PA
John McAreavey. Picture: Charles Chan/PA

Dick Ng Sui Wa described the apparent suicide of Mr Theekoy as “most weird” and said he has encouraged the Mauritanian police to investigate the death “thoroughly."

In a statement, Michaela's widower John McAreavey said Mr Theekoy’s death was "a tragedy for his family."

“Now is a time for their mourning and grief and nothing should intrude on that,” he said.

“When it comes to getting to the truth about Michaela’s murder, nothing has been straightforward in Mauritius and neither the Hartes or myself will be deterred from pursuing justice and truth. Not today, not tomorrow and not ever.

“We will be asking the authorities to assure us that no end will be spared in securing justice for Michaela," he added.

Earlier this summer, the Mauritian government ostensibly agreed to re-examine the details of the case.

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