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Michaela McAreavey murder hotel agrees '£1m payout' to family

By Erinn Kerr

Published 17/08/2015

Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey

The family of murdered newlywed Michaela McAreavey have been spared the agony of returning to the island where she was killed to settle a civil case.

The former Legends Resort in Mauritius has reached an out-of-court agreement with Michaela's widower, John McAreavey, and five members of her family that is reportedly worth more than a million pounds.

Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, who were both workers in the hotel, were arrested over the 27-year-old's murder in 2011 but were acquitted of the charges after an eight-week trial in 2012.

Michaela's family then opened a civil case against the hotel to claim damages after it was suggested that it had not fully co-operated with the police investigation.

Court papers lodged by the family revealed that John and Michaela intended to have four children together, and that he was suing the hotel for "moral damages" for the loss of his wife and future family.

A lawyer representing the McAreavey and Harte families, Dick Sui Wa, confirmed that the settlement had been made.

"The settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement and the sums involved cannot be disclosed for this reason," Mr Sui Wa said.

"A settlement has been reached, but no further comment can be made."

Michaela, who was the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte and a former Ulster Rose, was found strangled in a bath at the Legends Resort during her honeymoon, just 11 days after she was married.

After the couple had eaten lunch at their five-star hotel, the former beauty queen from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, returned to their room alone to get biscuits.

After she failed to return, her worried husband went looking for her only to discover her body in the bathtub of their suite.

So far, no one has been convicted for the murder.

During the lead-up to the civil case, Michaela's family told the court that they intended to give all of any compensation money, other than that claimed by John, to the Michaela Foundation, a charity for children in need across Ireland set up in memory of Michaela name and promoting her ideals.

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