A 'SEX book' that led to lawyers at the Michaela McAreavey murder trial delving into the private lives of the slain newly-wed and her husband John is nothing more than a magazine supplement, her family have said.
Last week Michaela's family members listened in horror at the trial in Mauritius, as defence lawyers asked distressing and lurid questions about the couple's sex life.
The questions arose after it emerged that what was named as "a book, 'Ultimate Sex Guide'" had been returned by a police witness to her husband John, along with other items, including condoms and a laptop.
Sanjeev Teeluckdharry asked the witness if he had "ever heard of subject matters like violent lovemaking" and speculated about the extreme contents of the book.
Meanwhile, prosecution lawyer Mehdi Manrakhan objected to the questioning in "the strongest possible terms".
A statement from Michaela's family has said that the 'book' was in fact a magazine supplement -- 'Cosmopolitan Ultimate Sex Guide'.
They said that the booklet had been included free with the January 2011 edition of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine.
The statement added: "This was not a sex guide individually purchased or carried, it was a collateral and promotional addition to the world's most popular women's magazine."