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Thursday 24 July 2014

I still feel Michaela is here with me, says brother

Cormac McQuinn

Published 07/01/2013|05:00

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THE older brother of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey says he is still getting strength from her, two years after her death.

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Mark Harte, the son of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, has spoken for the first time about the loss of his sister.

He said: "I still feel she's here with me."

Mark travelled to Mauritius last summer with Michaela's husband, John McAreavey, for the trial of the two men accused of killing her.

The hearing ended with hotel workers Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon being cleared of murdering the 27-year-old teacher at the former Legends resort two years ago this week. She was found strangled in her hotel room on January 10, 2011.

Mark, also a teacher, told of the difficult time his family have had coming to terms with Michaela's death.

Coping

Speaking on TG4 documentary 'Michaela, Mo Dheirfiur/Michaela, My Sister', he told how Michaela had the "best day of her life" less than two weeks before she was killed, when she married John, an accountant, from Co Down.

"But we are coping," he said. "It's difficult every day, but we're finding the strength.

"I know where it's coming from – Michaela's mantra was 'God's Plan', so we have to believe this is part of that. I believe she's here with us."

Mark appears in the documentary with his father and brother-in-law. John's uncle, the former Bishop of Dromore, who married the couple and conducted Michaela's funeral – also speaks on the programme on Thursday at 9.30pm.

Police in Mauritius have reportedly identified a new suspect, five months after beginning a new investigation.

Michaela's family have begun legal proceedings against the owners of the resort, seeking damages of €1.6m. They are also suing a Mauritian newspaper 'The Sunday Times', after it printed pictures of Michaela's body.

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