THE widow of murdered newlywed Michaela McAreavey will have to return to Mauritius to fight a €1.6m civil case – after the hotel in which she was strangled declined to settle the family’s case.
Speaking to ‘The Star’ newspaper, John McAreavey’s lawyer has confirmed that Lux Hotels – which had previously operated as Legends – has not settled.
Mr McAreavey will now have to return if the civil case is to go any further.
It would mean a return to the island where he suffered some outrageous smears when he returned for a court case in which two hotel staff members were ultimately acquitted of her murder.
His lawyer Dick Sui Wa has indicated that the case could proceed later this month – but that he has informed Mr McAveavey that his presence would be required.
The McAreavey and Harte families started their civil case against the hotel in October of last year – a short time after Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea were acquitted for killing Michaela.
Others on the claim include Michaela’s father Mickey Harte.
Mr McAreavey was claiming a total of €1.3m from the hotel, including loss of earnings for Michaela who was only 27, legal expenses and ‘moral damages’.
The family planned to donate the money to the Michaela Foundation.