Final witness in McAreavey trial

The final defence witness has testified in the trial of two men accused of murdering honeymooner Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.

A representative of a phone company confirmed that a call from a phone owned by defendant Sandip Moneea was made just after 2.45pm on the day the Co Tyrone teacher was strangled in her room in the luxury Legends hotel.

This is around the time the prosecution says the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was attacked by Moneea and co-accused Avinash Treebhoowoon.

While the defence insist the call proves Moneea was not involved, the prosecution claim he was phoning his sister to ask advice on what he had just done.

Dhanraj Lillah from Mauritius Telecom, in a brief appearance in the witness box, outlined timing details of the call.

He said: "It lasted four minutes, 18 seconds." He also said the time was synchronised with GPS satellite, adding: "It's accurate time."

The IT worker was the last witness called by the lawyer for Moneea, Rama Valayden. The barrister is expected to formally close his case later. An adjournment is then expected before prosecution and defence closing statements.

Almost 50 witnesses have given evidence during the last seven weeks of proceedings at the Supreme Court in Port Louis. The trial is anticipated to end later next week.

Both the accused worked at Legends at the time of the teacher was found dead in room 1025 last January.

Ex-floor supervisor Moneea, 43, from Petit Raffray, and former room attendant Treebhoowoon, 32, from Plaine des Roches, deny murder. The prosecution claims they attacked the newlywed when she interrupted them stealing in her room, having left her husband John at a poolside restaurant.