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Thursday 18 December 2014

Michaela McAreavey murder hunt police have new suspect

Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone
John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon
Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey
John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.
The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.
The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.
Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.
The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.
Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home
Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck
A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport. Friday January 14, 2011.
Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day
Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..
Raj Theekoy
Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.
Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.
Michaela Harte in with Throphy in St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement
Micheala Harte in fancy dress in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..
A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley
Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)
Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married
A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley
Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.
A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley
Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone
(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey
Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003
Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte. Pic by Ian Magill. 23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.
Michaela Harte
Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park
Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education
Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela
Michaela McAreavey was found strangled in her hotel room

Detectives in Mauritius have identified a new suspect in the hunt for the killer of Co Tyrone schoolteacher Michaela McAreavey - the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Micky Harte who was murdered during her honeymoon in January 2011.

The suspect has not yet been named publicly as detectives wait for permission from the State Law Office to make an arrest.

However, a file has been sent to the island's Director of Public Prosecutions.

The new investigation was launched after two hotel workers were cleared of the Irish honeymooner's murder at the former Legends Hotel on the island.

Michaela had been staying in the luxury resort with her husband John. She was brutally strangled to death in their hotel room. The two men accused of her murder, room supervisor Sandip Moneea and cleaner Avinash Treebhoowoon, were unanimously acquitted after a two-month trial last summer.

The Mauritian police force came in for heavy criticism for their bungled investigation amid allegations that one of the accused, Mr Treebhoowoon, was beaten and tortured into making a confession he later retracted.

Meanwhile, the only suspect still facing charges in relation to events surrounding Michaela's death is former hotel security guard Dassen Narayanen.

His lawyer, Poonum Sookun, has said she does not believe her client is the suspect police are seeking permission to arrest.

Mr Narayanen is provisionally charged with conspiracy to commit larceny, which Ms Sookun is seeking to have struck out after the acquittal of his alleged co-conspirator Mr Moneea.

At the beginning of the first police investigation into Ms McAreavey's death, Mr Narayanen faced provisional murder charges along with Mr Moneea and Mr Treebhoowoon. The charges against Mr Narayanen were downgraded to larceny after he implicated Mr Moneea in an alleged attempted theft in the McAreaveys' room.

However, he has since claimed he only told police he gave a "dummy" key card for their suite to Mr Moneea after officers threatened him at gunpoint.

Prosecutors are opposing Ms Sookun's attempts to have the charges dropped and a senior officer of the island's Central Criminal Investigation Division -- which has taken over the case -- last week testified during Mr Narayanen's latest court appearance.

According to the local 'Defi' newspaper, the officer outlined how the new investigation has seen 38 people interviewed and a new crime scene reconstruction involving 68 participants.

The court also heard how more than 300 DNA samples have been taken from hotel workers and sent to Bordeaux in France for analysis.

Ms Sookun said: "I believe the suspect referred to is another hotel worker who was employed at Legends at the time. We have always said Dassen is innocent and believe all charges against him should be dropped."

She said she hoped this would happen in the new year.

Ms McAreavey's husband John, along with members of the Harte family, have begun legal proceedings against the owners of the resort, seeking damages of ?1.6m.

Mr Moneea and Mr Treebhoowoon are suing the Mauritian state for false arrest and 18 months of imprisonment.

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