McAreavey accused claims he was on phone around time of her death

A phone company representative has told the trial of a man accused of killing Michaela McAreavey that a call was made around the time of her death.
The Mauritius Telecom worker was the final defence witness to testify in the trial of 42-year-old Sandip Moneea, and his 32-year-old co-accused Avinash Treebhoowoon.
Both of them deny murdering the 27-year-old Tyrone school teacher during her honeymoon on the island with husband John last January.
Dhanraj Lillah, an IT worker, said a call lasting just over four minutes was made on a mobile owned by Moneea just after 2.45pm – the time the prosecution claim Ms McAreavey died.
The defence say it proves he was not involved – however the prosecution contest that the accused was phoning to ask his sister for advice on what he had just done.
With the final witnesses now called by Moneea’s lawyer, it is expected that the defence case at the Supreme Court will close later today.
An adjournment is then expected before prosecution and defence closing statements.
During the last seven weeks around 50 witnesses have given testimony in the trial, which is expected to end next week.
Moneea and Treebhoowoon are both former staff members at the Legends Hotel where Mrs McAreavey was found dead in room 1025 last year.
Her widower and other family members were present as the last witness was called.


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