Sunday 19 November 2017

Michaela's widower offers €50,000 to help catch killer

John McAreavey, with his sister Claire, talks in Mauritius about the murder of wife Michaela Photo: PA
John McAreavey, with his sister Claire, talks in Mauritius about the murder of wife Michaela Photo: PA

David Young

The widower of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has offered a €50,000 reward for help in catching his late wife's killer.

John McAreavey has returned to Mauritius, where his new bride was strangled in 2011, to make a public appeal for help.

He said he felt betrayed by the justice authorities on the holiday island, accusing them of inaction in the stalled investigation.

Mrs McAreavey, a 27-year-old teacher who was the only daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was killed in her room in a luxury resort hotel.

Two former hotel workers were acquitted of the crime after a high-profile trial in the summer of 2012.

Mr McAreavey, who has since remarried, said his quest for justice would not end until those responsible for her death were brought to justice.

"Over the past six-and-a-half years, our resolve to win justice for Michaela remains undiminished," he said.

"We believe we have given the Mauritian authorities every chance to deliver on their very public promise that justice would be done.

Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey

"However, until this visit, the reality falls far short of that, and as the years have passed, it appears that the unofficial policy has become one of 'out of sight - out of mind'.

"But we have no intention of just slipping out of mind or sight. Michaela deserves justice, and we intend to get it.

"Put quite bluntly, we have felt let down time and time again."

The reward will be paid to anyone who provides information that leads to the successful prosecution of the killer or killers.

Irish Independent

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