Hotel workers arrested in Mauritius for honeymoon murder

Hotel workers arrested in Mauritius for honeymoon murder

Three hotel workers will appear in court today in connection with the murder of an Irish honeymooner, police in Mauritius said.

They were all remanded in custody on the island charged in connection with the killing of Michaela McAreavey, a 27-year-old teacher and the daughter of gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

The men were all employed at the luxury Legends Hotel where the newlywed teacher was found strangled. Two were charged with murder and one with conspiracy to murder.

Mauritius police said the two men charged with the 27-year-old’s murder were Abinash Treeboowoon, 29, a room attendant from Plaine des Roches, and Sandip Moneea, 41, a floor supervisor from Petit Raffray.

Meanwhile, police commissioner Tishur Ranpersad reassured the public that a large number of experienced officers were working on the case.

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The victim’s father Mickey Harte said his family had been left shattered by the incident.

“This is the worst nightmare that anyone can imagine. If you think things can be bad, then you go beyond that because that is where we are,” he said.

He said his family had been left shattered.

“This is too horrible to contemplate. We are just all devastated. It is the worst of the worst and 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.

“What a day she had on her wedding day. She was just radiant, a beautiful girl, and I just love her to bits. So does her whole family. We are so devastated.

“The teacher married Co Down gaelic footballer John McAreavey less than two weeks ago near to the Harte family home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.