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Jury sworn in for Michaela trial
A jury has been sworn in for the trial of two men accused of strangling Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.
Six men and three women make up the panel that will hear the case against the hotel employees charged with murdering the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte.
The jury selection process in the packed Court five of the Mauritian Supreme Court took just over an hour. Jurors then retired to select a foreman.
Earlier, there were chaotic scenes outside as the two accused arrived.
Mrs McAreavey’s widower, John, also had to battle through an unruly crowd to get to court.
Defendants Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea were led into the dock of court as almost 200 people crammed into every available space inside. Scores stood at the back.
Relatives of the accused were also jostled as police struggled to control the flow of people into court.
Mr McAreavey was accompanied by his sister Claire, father Brendan and a brother of his late wife, Mark Harte.
Mr McAreavey sat in court for a short period but was then was asked to leave because he is a witness in the case.
Mrs McAreavey was found dead in the bathtub of her luxury hotel room on the Indian Ocean island paradise last January – just two weeks after her wedding.
The 27-year-old teacher had momentarily left her new husband beside the pool of the five-star Legends Hotel to fetch some biscuits for a cup of tea.
The case against hotel room attendant Treebhoowoon, 30, and floor supervisor Moneea, 42, is being heard in the Supreme Court building in the capital city, Port Louis.
Treebhoowoon, from Plaine des Roches, and Moneea, from Petit Raffray, deny premeditated murder.
Security has been ramped up around the old French colonial court building for what is one the most high-profile criminal cases ever held on the island.