The trial of two men accused of murdering Michaela Mc Areavey in Mauritius has been told she was involved in a violent struggle before her death.
The doctor who carried out the post mortem examination on Michaela Mc Areavey's body said today she died as a result of asphyxiation caused by compression to the neck.
He said her bruises and tissue damage showed this was caused by the grip of a hand to her throat and the pressing of a forearm around her collarbone.
The doctor said that it was clear that Mrs McAreavey was involved in a violent struggle and that she had tried to fight to breathe and to remove the cause of the pressure to her neck.
Mrs McAreavey's husband John found her in the bath of their honeymoon suite, and the doctor said there was no possibility that she had collapsed and drowned.
John Mc Areavey and members of his family left the court before the chief medical officer took to the witness stand.
Former Legends Hotel employees Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea deny murdering the Tyrone teracher.
The trial continues.