Friday 23 August 2019

Editor apologises for publishing Michaela McAreavey death scene photos

Couple: John McAreavey and wife Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day
Couple: John McAreavey and wife Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day Newsdesk Newsdesk

The editor of a Mauritian newspaper who published graphic photographs of the body of murdered Michaela McAreavey has apologised.

The BBC reports Imraan Hosany, former editor of The Sunday Times - a Mauritian publication with no ties to its UK and Ireland namesake - has said he regrets publishing the photos and that he did not mean to "hurt or bring into disrepute the unblemished name and personality of the McAreavey family".

He also said the purpose of the pictures was to "highlight the cruelty and cowardice".

On January 10 2011 Michaela McAreavey was murdered in her hotel room in Mauritius.

Two hotel workers were charged with the murder, but were acquitted after an eight-week trial.

In July of 2012, three days after the end of the trial, the Mauritius Sunday Times published pictures of showing the crime scene, with Mrs McAreavey's body and her injuries.

In May 2013 a judge at Mauritius' Intermediate Court told Imraan Hosany publishing the photographs was a "violation of human dignity" and was carried out "with a view to cater to morbid curiosity".

He was found guilty of outraging public and religious morality and fined for his actions.

The Harte and McAreavey families launched civil proceedings against Imraan Hosany and the Mauritian Sunday Times in a separate case related to the photographs.

Belfast Telegraph

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