Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Mickey Harte fears justice for slain Michaela will be 'left to God'

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

The father of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey fears his daughter may never get justice.

Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte said the two months since two hotel workers were cleared of her murder had "not been easy" for his family.

And he confessed that Michaela's brutal slaying on the holiday island in January 2011 still breaks his heart every day.

But he said ultimately justice for Michaela may not come through the courts, but from God.

"Obviously, it's not been easy, but it's about having the grace from God to put your trust in God and say ultimately that's where justice will come.

"If it comes on Earth, well and good, to date it doesn't seem to be the case," he said.

Mr Harte was speaking in Belfast's Casement Park yesterday as he and her husband, John McAreavey, announced details of a special football event in November to raise funds for the Michaela Foundation, which was established in the young bride's name last year.

The All Ireland-winning manager said he was not letting feelings of frustration "consume" him.

"In due course things may change. There may be something that will happen in the future that will give us the human justice if you like, but ultimately God's is the only one that matters in all of this and I'm very grateful that personally I've got the grace to deal with it in that way and not let it consume me.

"It's different for different people but hopefully that grace will spread across all those who are close to Michaela," he added.

He said he was leaving the quest for justice "in the hands of others to see if there's another way of sorting it out, in a better fashion than has been to date".

John McAreavey, who endured a harrowing six-week trial which ultimately saw hotel employees Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea acquitted of murder, yesterday declined to comment on the current state of the investigation by Mauritian police.

However the killing of his wife is now a fact of life he must cope with.

"You're always going to have different things to deal with in your life. Some things you don't want to have to deal with, but that's just part of life," he said.

He has been throwing himself into his work with the foundation in the hope of building something in Michaela's memory.

"The foundation has really been a positive influence in my life. I suppose it's a good distraction for me as well.

"But putting your energy into something positive and worthwhile and seeing the fruits of it... it really makes it all worthwhile," he explained.

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