Friday 18 August 2017

'She supports me so much in this' - John McAreavey on new wife Tara and why he returned to Mauritius for Michaela

John McAreavey married Tara Brennan in a private ceremony
John McAreavey married Tara Brennan in a private ceremony
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The husband of murdered Michaela McAreavey has said that his new wife Tara Brennan "supports him so much" in his fight to get justice for Michaela.

John McAreavey married Tara last September, an accountant from Co Kildare.

Mr McAreavey said that his new wife understands and supports his new fight to get justice for Michaela, as he returned to Mauritius earlier this year.

In a new programme, BBC Newsline followed Mr McAreavey for five days in Mauritius as police launched a fresh investigation.

He talked about his new wife saying: "She supports me so much in this.

"Anyone who loves you, and loves you the right way, will support you in anything that's important in your life."

John McAreavey on his wedding day with his wife Michaela. She was murdered just 12 days after they wed. Photo: PA
John McAreavey on his wedding day with his wife Michaela. She was murdered just 12 days after they wed. Photo: PA

Earlier this year, the McAreavey and Harte families announced that they are offering a €50,000 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution and conviction of her killers.

Accompanied by his sister Claire McAreavey and Mark Harte, brother of the late Michaela, Mr McAreavey announced that the cash would be given for any fresh information which may lead to a successful prosecution and conviction of whomever is responsible for her murder.

Ms McAreavey (27) was killed in January 2011, just 12 days after marrying her husband John. The newly-weds were honeymooning in Mauritius when she was discovered dead at their luxury hotel.

The young woman, who is the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was strangled. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the murder.

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