Saturday 16 December 2017

Michaela's loved ones 'satisfied' as hotel where she was killed settles €1.6m case

John and Michaela McAreavey
John and Michaela McAreavey

Alan O'Keeffe

The hotel where Michaela McAreavey was murdered on her honeymoon has reached an out-of-court financial settlement with her husband and family.

John McAreavey and her family had sued the Legends Hotel on the island of Mauritius for €1.6m after a court trial in which two hotel employees in 2012 were found not guilty of her murder.

Any sums to be paid out have not been publicly disclosed.

The family's lawyer in Mauritius, Dick Sui Wa, said last night Michaela's loved ones were "satisfied" with the terms of the settlement.

"It was an out-of-court settlement but I am unable to confirm any details because of a non-disclosure agreement," he said.

"I can say the family are satisfied with the settlement," he said.

Michaela's body was found in the couple's hotel room on the island in the Indian Ocean in January 2011.

She had been married for only 11 days.

An Irish language teacher, the 27-year-old victim was the daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte and was the Ulster Rose in the 2004 Rose of Tralee competition.

In documents filed in court by her family, they stated that all monies received in damages, except for some expenses incurred by Mr McAreavey, would be handed over to the Michaela Foundation, a charity set up in her memory which helps children in need.

A family spokesman, Irish solicitor Tom Kelly, said: "Whilst there has been a settlement, both sides agreed to not make any statements on the detail of it."

Irish Independent

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