Saturday 24 February 2018

'We have felt let down time and time again' - John McAreavey offers €50k reward to catch Michaela's killers

John McAreavey and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day (Irish News)
John McAreavey and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day (Irish News) Newsdesk Newsdesk

The husband of murdered Michaela McAreavey has announced that they are offering a €50,000 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution and conviction of her killers.

John McAreavey is in Mauritius this week where he today launched a fresh attempt to achieve justice for his late wife.

Accompanied by his sister Claire McAreavey and Mark Harte, brother of the late Michaela, he announced that the cash would be given for any fresh information which may lead to a successful prosecution and conviction of whomever is responsible for her murder.

Ms McAreavey (27) was killed just 12 days after marrying her husband John. The newly-weds were honeymooning in Mauritius when she was discovered dead at their luxury hotel.

John McAreavey Photo: David Conachy
John McAreavey Photo: David Conachy

The young woman, who is the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was strangled. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the murder.

Speaking at a press conference in Mauritius, Mr McAreavey said:

“Over the past six and half years our resolve to win justice for Michaela remains undiminished. We believe we have given the Mauritian authorities every chance to deliver on their very public promise that justice would be done.

“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. We should not have needed to make this very painful return journey."

Mr McAreavey hit out at the Mauritian authorities saying they feel that they have been "let down time and time again".

He said the family "feel betrayed by a process that has failed us and Michaela".

"Today we take some comfort from the assurances given by the Prime Minister yesterday that Michaela will get justice, but to achieve that we need the help of those who may know something, but have not yet come forward for whatever reason."

The widower, who has since remarried, made a direct appeal to the people of Mauritius to come forward "with any piece of information, no matter how small" which may be relevant in bringing the day of justice closer for the killers of Michaela.

“It is our sincere hope that the substantial reward which we are offering will send out a powerful message about our determination to keep on seeking justice.

“We make a heartfelt appeal for information which hopefully will lead to a retrial. Mauritians can contact the Police anonymously on a confidential hotline: Tel. 148 and all information will be treated with sensitivity and complete confidentiality.

“As time marches on this could be our final chance to obtain justice for Michaela, but we can’t do it alone. We need the help of the people of Mauritius. Please help us as our fight goes on.”

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