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Who was Michaela McAreavey?

Michaela McAreavey, born Michaela Harte, was a 27-year-old Irish language teacher from Glencull (Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) and the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte. She had been the Ulster Rose at the 2004 Rose of Tralee.

Two men apologize over mockery of Northern Irish teacher’s murder

Two men have apologized for their involvement in a video on social media of a group appearing to mock the murder of a Northern Irish teacher on her honeymoon.

The video, filmed in a room decorated with union flags and Orange Order paintings, features people chanting about the 2011 murder in Mauritius of Michaela McAreavey, an Irish-language teacher and daughter of the Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

It has attracted condemnation from across the political spectrum, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said it is investigating.

In a statement issued through the PA news agency, John Bell and Andrew McDade said their part in the video was a matter of “deep shame and regret”.

They said: “We offer our sincerest and deepest apology to the Harte and McAreavey families, and indeed to wider society for our actions, which, whilst fuelled by alcohol, can neither be mitigated or excused in any shape or form. Our apology is unequivocal, and our acceptance of wrongdoing is absolute.”

They described the chant as “offensive, vile and wholly abhorrent” and said the video was not reflective of who they are or “the values of the loyal orders and the wider unionist and loyalist community”. They said friends and family had been subjected to online threats and abuse as a result of their “unacceptable actions”.

The murder of Michaela McAreavey

Michaela McAreavey Biography, Wiki
Michaela McAreavey

On 10 January 2011, Michaela and her husband John had lunch at their hotel in Grand Gaube. After lunch, at about 2:44 PM, she went to her room. 

Investigators believe she was wrestled to the ground on entering her room and strangled. She was put into the bath and the water was turned on. Her body was discovered by her husband soon after.

Michaela McAreavey, née Harte (Irish: Micheáilín Mhic Giolla Riabhaigh née Ní hÁirt, 31 December 1983 – 10 January 2011), while on her honeymoon in Mauritius, was found strangled in the bath of her hotel room. 

The daughter of Tyrone’s multiple All-Ireland Senior Football Championship-winning Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, her death and subsequent events prompted continuing widespread international media coverage.

It was the first murder of a tourist in Mauritius and the Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam expressed his sympathy to the Harte and McAreavey families.

The two hotel workers who were accused of her murder were tried and declared not guilty by the Supreme Court of Mauritius: they were acquitted on 12 July 2012.

Michaela McAreavey Trial

The trial of two hotel workers accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey began in Mauritius on 22 May 2012.

On 6 June 2012, John McAreavey said he had been handcuffed by police officers and they examined his body for marks on the day of his wife’s murder. 

He also told that he had seen one of the accused (Avinash Treebhoowoon) on two occasions within a number of minutes the day his wife died. 

McAreavey said that he had gone back to the hotel room looking for his wife when she failed to return to the restaurant after leaving him to get some biscuits from their room to eat with their cups of tea. He found her unconscious in the bath, with the tap running and laid her on the floor and then tried to revive her. 

The DNA test made by a forensic expert from England revealed that no DNA traces of the two men accused and the other two original suspects were found on Michaela McAreavey body and at the crime scene except the DNA of John McAreavey.

The Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) of Mauritius Police Force, in particular, faced severe criticism for its handling of the case and for claims by defendant Mr. Treebhoowoon, who alleged that police beat a confession out of him since he was subjected to three days of beatings by officers before he confessed that he strangled Michaela because she caught him and co-defendant Sandeep Moonea stealing from her hotel room.

Michaela McAreavey FAQ’s

Who was Michaela McAreavey?

Michaela McAreavey, born Michaela Harte, was a 27-year-old Irish language teacher from Glencull (Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) and the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte. She had been the Ulster Rose at the 2004 Rose of Tralee.

How was Michaela McAreavey murdered?

Michaela McAreavey, née Harte (Irish: Micheáilín Mhic Giolla Riabhaigh née Ní hÁirt, 31 December 1983 – 10 January 2011), while on her honeymoon in Mauritius, was found strangled in the bath of her hotel room. 

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