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'Most weird' Michaela McAreavey's family's lawyer says witness's death won't end fight for justice

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John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day

John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day

John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day

A LAWYER, who represents the interests of the murdered Michaela McAreavey’s family in Mauritius, has vowed the death of a key witness will not end the pursuit of her killers.

Family lawyer Dick Ng Sui Wa also described the apparent suicide of Raj Theekoy on wasteland in Beau Plateau in Goodlands as “most weird” adding: “I’ve asked police to inquire thoroughly.”

Sundayworld.com revealed earlier how Raj Theekoy, the star witness in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial in Mauritius, had been found dead on the holiday island this morning.

Sources said investigators are looking at the possibility Theekoy’s death may have been as a result of suicide but have yet to rule out foul play at the hands of a third party.

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Raj Theekoy, witness for the prosecution at the Michaela McAreavey murder trial, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius

Raj Theekoy, witness for the prosecution at the Michaela McAreavey murder trial, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius

Raj Theekoy, witness for the prosecution at the Michaela McAreavey murder trial, arrives at the Supreme court in Port Louis, Mauritius

It’s understood Theekoy’s wife Manisha had reported her 43-year-old husband missing to police yesterday.

Asked by sundayworld.com whether Theekoy’s death has effectively ended the possibility Michaela’s killers may be brought to justice, Mr. Sui Wa replied: “No!

“There might be other leads. But we will never give up.”

Speaking of the circumstances of Theekoy’s death, Mr. Ng Sui Wa said: “I doubt it’s a criminal act … his death.

“Most weird … I’ve asked police to inquire thoroughly.”

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Dick Ng Sui Wa

Dick Ng Sui Wa

Dick Ng Sui Wa

Theekoy was a cleaner at the Legends resort in Mauritius where Michaela had been staying with her husband John when she was strangled to death.

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Hotel workers Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea later stood trial accused of attempting to steal from the McAreaveys' room before killing Michaela when she interrupted them.

Theekoy told their 2012 trial he heard her scream, and then saw the accused men in the vicinity of Michaela's room shortly afterwards.

Theekoy had been granted full immunity if he "promised to speak the truth".

Mr Theekoy said on the day Michaela was killed he saw a cleaning trolley bearing Mr Treebhoowoon's name outside her room, 1025, at 2.45pm.

He said: "When I was walking away I started hearing the voice of a woman screaming in pain."

He said he heard her cry, "Ah!" three times. "Then I got scared. I thought it could be a husband and wife having a fight," he said.

He went to room 1021 to hide and also "to see who was coming out of room 1025".

He claimed he saw the two defendants walking from the direction of the room. He said Mr Treebhoowoon's face was wet and that both he and Mr Moneea looked "worried".

He said he later asked Mr Treebhoowoon and Mr Moneea what had happened, and Mr Moneea threatened him, saying: "If you say anything about this, I'll drag you into the case."

When asked: "What did you understand by this?," Theekoy responded: "That he killed the woman in room 1025."

He said that when he spoke to his family the following day, "I got courage and decided to speak the truth".

Both accused were later acquitted of Michaela’s murder.

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