New police team to relaunch McAreavey investigation

Tue, Jul 24, 2012, 01:00

MAURITIUS:A new police team of three senior officers is to carry out a fresh investigation into the murder of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.

It will be headed by Superintendent Yaswant Callee from the central criminal investigation division, a lawyer for the McAreavey family confirmed.

Dick Ng Sui Wa, who represents Ms McAreavey’s widower, John, said: “There will be a new police team set up. They are taking it from zero.”

Ms McAreavey (27), from Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was killed in her room at Legends Hotel in January last year. Earlier this month, two hotel workers were found not guilty of her murder.

Three senior officers will be involved in the inquiry, which follows calls for a new trial from politicians in Ireland.

The Irish Ambassador to Mauritius, Brendan McMahon, met with the prime minister, Navin Ramgoolam, and foreign minister Arvin Boolell on Friday, who said local authorities will further investigate the murder of the Irish honeymooner.