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Saturday 20 January 2018

Body of Michaela Harte arrives back in Ireland

The hearse carrying the body of Michaela Hart, leaves George Best Belfast city airport. Photo: PA
John McAreavey husband of Michaela McAreavey pictured leaving George Best Belfast City Airport. Photo: PA
Michaela Harte's funeral will take place on Monday in the church where she was married to John McAreavy just days ago
His face etched with grief and with Michaela's precious wedding rings on a chain around his neck, a devastated John McAreavey yesterday began the heartbreaking task of bringing her body home from Mauritius
Michaela Harte's remains leave the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in a pink-shrouded coffin yesterday en route to the airport
A police officer and his notebook during the reconstruction of the crime at the Legends Hotel
Michaela's brother Mark Harte helps her husband John as the family make their way to the airport to come home
John McAreavey and Michaela Harte at a recent social event in Tullylish GAA Club, Co Down

The body of murdered honeymooner Michaela Harte arrived in Belfast from Mauritius today.

Two of her brothers, Michael and Matthew Harte, and close family friend Eoin Conroy, from Co Clare in the Irish Republic, were among those who met her.

The young teacher was strangled at the luxury Legends hotel on the Indian Ocean island on Monday. Her new husband, John McAreavey, found her dead in their room.

Her body arrived at George Best Belfast City Airport at around 1am on a BMI service from London Heathrow. She landed in London early this morning.

Mr McAreavey's father, Brendan, his brother, Brian, and Mrs McAreavey's third brother, Mark Harte, were also on the plane along with the grieving groom.

Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, uncle of the groom, was at the airport along with family friend Canon Francis Brown. The bishop married the couple around a fortnight ago.

The coffin was covered with a purple drape as the hearse drove from the airport.

It was followed by a silver BMW containing Mrs McAreavey's three brothers. The bishop was in a black Toyota.

Mrs McAreavey's parents, Mickey and Marian Harte, awaited the coffin at home in Co Tyrone. Their detached house is on a hill in Glencull Road, off the main road from Ballygawley to Omagh.

Press Association

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