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Michaela's family may never get justice now

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Michaela McAreavey

Michaela McAreavey

Michaela McAreavey

After a decade of botched investigations into the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius, the case has been officially closed without any suggestion of who might have been responsible for the death of the Northern Ireland woman.

Michaela, the only daughter of former Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled in the bath at her luxury hotel just days into her honeymoon.

Two hotel employees charged with the killing were later acquitted. Given her family's profile and the circumstances of her death, the case attracted widespread publicity but that did not feed into a professional police investigation.

It is clear that opportunities to gain forensic evidence were missed and the arrest and charging of the two accused was mired in controversy with claims of police brutality and forced confessions.

The Harte and McAreavey families fought a long battle but it is now clear unless unexpected new evidence emerges, they will never get the justice they deserve.

Belfast Telegraph


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