Michaela McAreavey murder inquiry ‘ground to a halt’

Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey

The family of IMichaela McAreavey murdered in her honeymoon suite in Mauritius has said criminal investigations have ground to a halt.

Michaela 27, was killed on the Indian Ocean island in January 2011.

A family statement said: “It was promised by the Mauritian prime minister that justice would be done and would be seen to be done in this case.

“However, as time marches on and the criminal proceedings seem to have ground to a halt, this promise is ringing hollow.”

She had married John McAreavey just 12 days before her murder and was buried in her wedding dress.

The statement said the McAreavey and Harte families were more determined than ever that justice be done.

It added: “They are hoping that a settlement can soon be reached with the hotel in respect of the civil proceedings but they are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow progress of the criminal proceedings.

“In particular, they have been disappointed by the reluctance of the Mauritian authorities to keep them updated with developments.”

The McAreaveys were celebrating their marriage at the Legends Hotel when Mr McAreavey found his bride dead in the bathtub of their room. She had gone back to their room from a poolside restaurant to get biscuits.

When she did not return her husband went to the room and found her body. She had been strangled.

Police said she was murdered after disturbing thieves in her room.

Five hotel workers were arrested over the murder before two were charged but cleared during a marathon trial at the island’s Supreme Court in the capital city of Port Louis in summer 2012.