Friday 21 July 2017

Leading Mauritian cop to head Michaela McAreavey murder investigation

Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey

Kathy Armstrong

A respected Mauritian cop has been appointed to lead the investigation into murdered Michaela McAreavey's death.

Michaela (27) was killed  in January 2011, just 12 days after she married her husband John.

She was strangled at the luxury Legends Hotel where they were enjoying their honeymoon and nobody has ever been prosecuted for her death.

Michaela was the daughter of Tyrone of GAA boss Mickey Harte and her loved ones recently requested that Superintendent Daniel Monvoisin lead the fresh probe.

Supt Monvoisin has earned a stellar reputation after he was involved in a high-profile case where a man was convicted of strangling his daughter-in-law (18) in 2012.

Read More: 'Michaela is never coming back but the least we can do is strive for justice' - John McAreavey speaks of his grief

Michaela McAreavey death...Undated McAreavey Family handout photo of John and Michaela McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, as four hotel workers will appear in court in Mauritius today in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey, who was strangled on her honeymoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 19, 2011. All the men are staff at the luxury complex on the island where the 27-year-old was staying. See PA story IRISH Mauritius. Photo credit should read: McAreavey Family handout/PA Wire ...A
Michaela McAreavey death...Undated McAreavey Family handout photo of John and Michaela McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, as four hotel workers will appear in court in Mauritius today in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey, who was strangled on her honeymoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 19, 2011. All the men are staff at the luxury complex on the island where the 27-year-old was staying. See PA story IRISH Mauritius. Photo credit should read: McAreavey Family handout/PA Wire ...A

Two former hotel staff were acquitted of killing Ms McAreavey following a high-profile trial in 2012.

Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo retired after the case and said he hopes justice is served, saying: "It’s frustrating that a person who was our guest here should lose her life in this way. That said, the Mauritian police had also proposed a reward for any information which would lead to the perpetrators of the crime being caught."

Just weeks ago John offered a €50,000 reward for information that leads to a successful prosecution and conviction of her killers.

He said: "We believe we have given the Mauritian authorities every chance to deliver on their very public promise that justice would be done.

John McAreavey, with his sister Claire, talks in Mauritius about the murder of wife Michaela Photo: PA
John McAreavey, with his sister Claire, talks in Mauritius about the murder of wife Michaela Photo: PA

"However, until this visit, the reality falls far short of that, and as the years have passed, it appears that the unofficial policy has become one of 'out of sight - out of mind'.

"But we have no intention of just slipping out of mind or sight. Michaela deserves justice, and we intend to get it.

"Put quite bluntly, we have felt let down time and time again."

Read More: 'Are your families safe?' - Michaela McAreavey's brother makes heartfelt plea for new information about her murder

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