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Harte tragedy: Michaela 'killed after disturbing intruder'

'She was a gem, our hearts are broken,' says devastated dad

By Shane Phelan, Edel O'Connell and Luke Byrne

Hotel computer records show an intruder entered Michaela Harte's room just two minutes before she was attacked and murdered on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

Police in Mauritius were last night poised to charge three men in connection with the murder of Ms Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte.

It is understood officers have completed preliminary inquiries and are satisfied they have enough evidence to bring the three before the courts.

Yesterday, it emerged the intruder used a 'dummy' magnetic key card to gain access to Ms Harte's room at 3.42pm on Monday. Just two minutes later, Michaela (27) used her key to enter the room, where police believe she disturbed the intruder.

A post mortem showed she was strangled and suffered blows to the head after putting up a fierce struggle.

Yesterday, her devastated father Mickey, flanked by two of his sons, said at the family home: "Our hearts are broken.

"We just loved our Michaela. She was such a good girl. Every father says that about their daughter, but I can say that without a shadow of doubt. She was a gem and we will always remember her."

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