McAreavey cops search for missing former hotel porter
Cops in Mauritius are hunting a former bellboy who disappeared before the Michaela McAreavey murder trial. Rajiv Bhujun, 27, left the country soon after the killing — and has NO intention of returning.
The German woman, who was staying at the Legends Hotel at the time of the horror killing, gave a statement soon after describing a staff member she had seen “acting suspiciously”.
But a well-placed source told the Irish Sun that detectives did not follow up on her statement at the time because they were convinced the confession they already had would be enough.
The source said: “The tourist gave a very good description of a hotel worker she saw outside room 1025.
“Police took her statement, but they didn’t think it would be important because they were certain they would get a conviction.
“Once they had a confession from one of the suspects they thought it would be an open and shut case.”
Hotel workers Avinash Treebhoowoon, 32, and Sandip Moneea, 43, were acquitted of killing Tyrone football boss Mickey Harte’s 27-year-old daughter last month following a shambolic police investigation and farcical trial.
In the wake of the verdict, a new police team was set up to take charge of reopening the case.
That team — headed by Superintendent Yeshwant Callee — has made contact with the German tourist and are trying to convince her to fly back to Mauritius.
Our source added: “She is apparently not too keen to get involved again and she believes the statement she gave at the time should be enough.
“They want her to look at pictures though and also walk them through the events as she remembers them. They are hopeful she will change her mind.”
The detectives are also actively hunting former bell boy Bhujun who disappeared before the trial.
The 27-year-old used a master key shortly before 3.30pm to open the door of room 1025 where Michaela was killed on January 10 last year.
He claimed he did not enter the room until he heard shouts for help from Michaela’s husband John.
After finding Michaela’s lifeless body, he told police he saw a man walking away from the room just moments earlier.
By the time the trial had begun, Bhujun had left the country and is now apparently working abroad with no intention of returning home.
The Irish Sun has also learned that a forensic expert from the University of Bordeaux will be travelling to Mauritius in the coming weeks.
Police want him to re-examine all the evidence in the hope that fresh clues can be found.
There was revulsion across Ireland after a Mauritian scandal sheet printed 12 gruesome images of the honeymooner’s corpse and murder scene.
The shameless Mauritius Sunday Times even splashed a harrowing snap of Michaela’s lifeless body on its front page.
The editor was charged in relation to the pictures and the Government put a new police team in charge of reopening the case.
Imran Hosany is still on bail as the police inquiry continues.
Source: Irish Sun
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