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WHY WASN'T I WITNESS IN THE MURDER CASE?

Byline: ADELINA CAMPOS

AN ORIGINAL suspect in the Michaela McAreavey case still can't understand why he was not forced to give evidence at her murder trial.

Security officer Dassen Naraynen was the third person to discover the lifeless body of Michaela McAreavey after she was strangled at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius on January 10, 2011.

Naraynen was initially one of the main suspects as a forensic report concluded he was the only person arrested by police whose DNA was found in the newlyweds' room.

But bizarrely, Naraynen was the only witness and suspect who was not called to testify in the trial of Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea - the two men cleared of the murder.

Naraynen told the Irish Sunday Mirror: "I would have liked to [be given the opportunity] to testify, to explain what happened but they didn't call me. I don't know why they didn't."

Despite being overlooked, Dassen still kept a close eye on the astonishing case.

He said: "I tried to get into the court on the day the trial started but there was such a large crowd that I didn't manage to get a seat "And I couldn't go [the other days] because I can't miss work or I'll lose my job."

While the former Legends Hotel guard was never accused of killing the 27-year-old teacher, Naraynen was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

His charge was later reduced to conspiracy to commit larceny as police accused him of stealing the key to the McAreavey's room before passing it to her alleged murderers.

Naraynen said the moment he stepped into the couple's honeymoon suite his life turned to hell.

He added: "If I had known that she had been m u r -dered, I would never have gone inside the room.

"I did my duty as a security guard, I went to help John McAreavey in the room.

"If I had known about the crime, I would never have gone inside the room. "My life has changed, it has become very difficult for me. It affected my reputation, my job which I lost, my mental health.

"I have had mental health concerns because of the beatings I got from the Major Crime Investigation Unit (MCIU).

"I find it hard to sleep at night, I'm afraid that the MCIU will come and kill me at any time because I have spoken about their brutality.

"I want my name to be cleared and then I want to get a good job so I can provide for my family.

"I pray that the real killer is convicted and that some light is shed on the case so that I can get some relief."

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Not guilty... Sandip Moneea Free... Avinash Treebhoowoon Personal hell... Dassen Naraynen is comforted by a family member
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2012
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