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Harte tragedy: Hotel workers in court over paradise island honeymoon death

Three hotel employees are to appear in court in connection with the murder of Michaela Harte McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, police in Mauritius said.

The suspects, who are all employees of the luxury hotel where the 27-year-old newlywed was staying, are expected to face provisional charges of murder.

Mrs McAreavey was on honeymoon in the island paradise when she was found strangled in her room in the Legends Hotel complex.

Supt Yoosoof Soopun, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "The inquiries are progressing and three people have been arrested. We believe we have substantial evidence to connect them to the case.

"They will be brought to court today where provisional charges of murder will be brought against them. They will then be remanded in custody for a week and appear again once we have completed the investigation."

Mr Soopun said the three men were Legends Hotel employees and were believed to be inside the teacher's hotel room when she returned alone. "We presume they were inside and burgling the room when the lady returned and were surprised and attacked her," he added.

The suspects, who are aged between 28 and 30, are expected to appear at Mapou District Court in northern Mauritius, a spokesman for the Mauritius Police Force said.

Six people had been questioned in connection with the killing.

On Tuesday night, the teacher's heartbroken father Mr Harte spoke of his devastation over the death of his "beautiful" daughter. "This is the worst nightmare that anyone can imagine. If you think things can be bad, then you go beyond that because that is where we are," he said.

The newlyweds were married less than two weeks ago near to the Harte family home on the outskirts of Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

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