Belfast Telegraph

Michaela's families' 'devastation'

The families of Michaela McAreavey have spoken about their ordeal since her murder and their feeling after the verdict.

A statement from the Harte and McAreavey families said: "After waiting 18 months in search of justice for Michaela and following the endurance of seven harrowing weeks of this trial, there are no words which can describe the sense of devastation and desolation now felt by both families."

The families said they would be making no further comment until they returned to Ireland.

Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea were found not guilty by a jury at the island's Supreme Court in Port Louis.

The daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was found strangled in her room at the luxury Legends resort in January 2011.

The prosecution had claimed the defendants attacked the 27-year-old teacher when she interrupted them stealing in the room, having momentarily left her husband John at a poolside restaurant to fetch biscuits.

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