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Hotel insists there was no security breakdown

THE company behind the luxurious Mauritius resort where Michaela Harte was murdered has insisted that no amount of security could have prevented the Tyrone woman's death, writes Luke Byrne.

Last night Naiade Resorts Ltd, which runs the Legends Hotel resort, told the Irish Independent that a breakdown in security was not to blame for Ms Harte's murder.

A spokesman for the company insisted the horrific crime could have happened "anywhere in the world".

He said: "We are an international group with full security services. The property has a security manager and a number of staff support him."

Hotel manager Brice Lunot and Naiade chief executive Paul Jones issued a joint statement yesterday.

In it, Mr Jones extended condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim.

The statement reaffirmed the hotel's commitment to cooperate with the police investigation.

The Legends Hotel, featuring in the brochures of six of Ireland's major tour operators, is top of the pile when it comes to luxury, boasting a luxury spa, three swimming pools and five restaurants.

It was voted the number one destination among Irish honeymooners last year.

Irish Independent