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Sunday 25 February 2018

How newlywed bliss soon turned to tragedy

December 30, 2010: Michaela Harte marries her university sweetheart John McAreavey in St Malachy's Church outside the Co Tyrone village of Ballygawley.

December 31: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte drives his daughter and her husband to Dublin Airport, where they fly out to Dubai for the first leg of their honeymoon.

January 8: The honeymooners check into the luxury Feng Shui-designed Legends Hotel on the island of Mauritius for a week's stay.

January 10: John discovers his bride lying face down in the bath about 15 minutes after she returned to room 1,025 to get some biscuits to go with her post-lunch cup of tea. She was strangled; attempts to resuscitate her are unsuccessful.

January 11: Less than 36 hours after her death, room attendant Abinash Treebhoowoon (29), of Plaines des Roches; floor manager Sandip Moneea (41), of Petit Raffray; and cleaner Raj Theekoy (33), of the Cottages, are charged in connection with the murder of the 27-year-old.

January 14: John travels to Ireland on the same flight that carries his wife's coffin home. He had refused to leave the island without her.

January 15 and 16: A public wake is held in Michaela's family home.

January 17: Michaela is buried in her wedding dress after an emotional funeral at St Malachy's Church.

Irish Independent

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