Thursday 19 April 2018

Hotel where Michaela was murdered settles €1.6m lawsuit from husband and family

John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day
John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day Newsdesk Newsdesk

THE hotel in which honeymooner Michaela Harte-McAreavey was murdered has settled a €1.6m lawsuit taken by her husband and her family.

The case was taken by her widower John McAreavey and five of her family, against the former Legends Resort on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

They were claiming damages including interest amounting to 65 million rupees (€1.6m).

A lawyer representing the McAreavey and Harte families, Dick Sui Wa, confirmed the settlement to the Sunday World.

"The settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement and the sums involved cannot be disclosed for this reason," Mr Sui Wa said.

"A settlement has been reached but no further comment can be made."

Read more: John McAreavey admits the pain of Michaela's murder 'too much of a cross to bear'

The settlement means that her widow and her family will not have to make a difficult return to the island to give evidence in a civil case.

Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius with John in 2011.

After they had eaten lunch at their five-star hotel, the former beauty queen returned to their room to get biscuits.

After she failed to return, her devastated husband discovered her body in the bathtub of their suite.

She had been married for only 11 days when she was killed.

Following the murder of the 27-year-old, a number of hotel workers were arrested.

Read more: Harte: 'I still miss Michaela so much. I'm heartbroken'

The following year, two hotel workers – Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon - were acquitted after an eight-week trial.

After the trial ended, Mr McAreavey and members of Michaela's family sued the hotel for its alleged 'non cooperation' with the police inquiry into her death.

Nobody has yet been convicted in relation to the murder.

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