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Michaela McAreavey.  Photo Garrett White

Michaela McAreavey. Photo Garrett White

Michaela McAreavey. Photo Garrett White

DETECTIVES in Mauritius will request the exhumation of tragic bride Michaela McAreavey if freshly uncovered evidence is found to be solid.

An investigative media team travelled with cameras to the paradise island of Mauritius to re-examine the case and they claim to have discovered potentially key evidence in the case.

Michaela (27) was found murdered in her hotel room while on honeymoon with her husband John McAreavey (32) in January 2011.

The only daughter of GAA legend Mickey Harte, Michaela tragically returned to her room to collect biscuits when she interrupted a robbery and was brutally murdered.

Journalist Donal MacIntyre spent six months revisiting the events of January 10, 2011, when Michaela was found strangled in a bath in the former Legends Hotel, now Lux Resorts.

And the team spoke to a man who admitted that his DNA may be on the young bride's face – because he tried to revive her on that fateful day.

Charges against hotel worker Dassen Narayanen (27) were dropped sensationally in March this year. He was the last suspect in the case, accused of giving Michaela's killer the security card to enter her room.

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The charges were dropped as a judge ruled he could not be held on a provisional charge of conspiracy to commit larceny for an "infinite term".

Mr MacIntyre and his team carefully created a reconstruction of all of the events of the fateful day. They say that this detail will destroy previous accounts of the story and open the possibility of Michaela's body being exhumed.

Mr Narayanen agreed to talk to the team behind CBS Reality's Murder In Paradise and admitted that his DNA might be on Michaela's face as he had touched her cheek.

"You may wonder why Narayanen decided to disclose this," Mr MacIntyre says.

"He never mentioned it before. Could he be looking ahead? If Michaela is to be exhumed, is he getting in first with an explanation of why his DNA might be found on her?"

Room attendants Avinash Treebhoowoon (32) and Sandip Moneea (43) were found not guilty of her murder last July.

Dassen Narayanen's fingerprints were on a counterfeit room key in the security office – however he only admitted to helping the other two hotel workers make the copy.

The TV show, to be aired next Sunday, will point at dozens of errors in the police probe.

The Mauritian government promised a judicial inquiry and a new investigation, however nothing has happened to date.

Michaela's widower John and five of her family have entered civil proceedings against the former Legends Resort.

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

Murder In Paradise airs on June 30 at 9pm on CBS Reality.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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