Thursday 8 December 2016

Honeymooners' paradise lost in one brief, random instant

Irish Rose Michaela McAreavey lost her life, and her husband lost his angel, due to a chance act, says Maeve Sheehan

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

TRAGIC: They are the picture of young love — and their smiling sun-kissed features hold no shadow of the terror and tragedy that would befall them on their honeymoon in Mauritius. Photo: PA
TRAGIC: They are the picture of young love — and their smiling sun-kissed features hold no shadow of the terror and tragedy that would befall them on their honeymoon in Mauritius. Photo: PA

THE brochure couldn't have said it better: stretching languorously along the silky sandy beach of the north coast of Mauritius, Legends promised Zen relaxation, harmony and well-being in the Feng Shui-designed hotel.

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These were some of the attractions that brought the former Michaela Harte, 27, and her new husband, John McAreavey, 30, to choose the hotel for the second leg of their honeymoon tour, after a stop-off in Dubai. Last week the holiday fantasy collided with the sordid reality of life on Mauritius when Michaela was murdered by thieves she had disturbed in her bedroom.

Her death revealed both the ugly underbelly of this paradise island and the protective love of the community she sprang from.

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