Michaela’s witness death won’t stop prosecution, widower insists
The death of a key witness in the Michaela McAreavey murder investigation will not end her family’s quest for justice, her widower John has said.
aj Theekoy (43) was found dead on a vacant lot near the Beau Plateau of the Indian Ocean Island in Goodlands on Sunday.
It is understood that investigators are investigating the possibility that Theekoy’s death was the result of suicide, but have yet to rule out foul play by a third party.
Michaela (27) was the daughter of former Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte and was on her honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband John McAreavey when she was tragically killed in January 2011.
In a statement Sunday evening, John expressed his condolences to the Theekoy family, describing his death as “a tragedy for them”, and said nothing would deter those close to Michaela from “pursuing justice and the truth”.
“When it comes to getting to the truth about Michaela’s murder, nothing has been easy in Mauritius and neither the Hartes nor myself will be dissuaded from seeking justice and the truth. Neither today nor tomorrow. , nor ever, ”he said.
“We will call on the authorities to ensure that no end is spared in securing justice for Michaela.”
The Mauritian government had agreed to a re-examination of the murder of Co Tyrone’s wife in June after police formally closed investigations last year. It is understood that Theekoy’s wife Mannish reported her husband’s disappearance to police on Sunday before his body was discovered.
McAreavey’s attorney, Dick Ng Sui Wa, called Theekoy’s death “very strange” and called on police to investigate thoroughly.
Mr. Sui Wa said Theekoy’s death did not end the possibility of bringing Michaela’s killers to justice, adding: “There might be other leads. But we will never give up. “
“I doubt this is a criminal act … his death,” he continued.
Theekoy was a housekeeper at the Legends complex where Michaela had stayed with her husband when she was murdered.
Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, who both worked at the hotel, were then charged with attempting to rob the McAreavey’s room before killing Michaela when she interrupted them.
Theekoy said during the 2012 trial that he heard her screaming and then saw the defendants near Michaela’s bedroom soon after.
Theekoy had been granted full immunity if he “promised to tell the truth” in the 2012 trial. He claimed to have seen the two defendants walk away from the room.
Theekoy said Treebhoowoon’s face was wet and he and Moneea looked “worried”. He said that when he spoke to his family the next day, “I had courage and decided to tell the truth.
Treebhoowoon and Moneea were later acquitted of Michaela’s murder.
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