New police team to continue McAreavey murder inquiry


THE PRIME Minister of Mauritius has said a new police team is to be appointed to carry on the investigation into the death of Michaela McAreavey.

Prime minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam expressed his government’s regret and condemnation that pictures of Ms McAreavey’s body had been leaked to the press.

The Irish Ambassador to Mauritius, Brendan McMahon, yesterday met Mr Ramgoolam and Mauritian foreign minister Arvin Boolell in the island’s capital, Port Louis. Mr Ramgoolam told Mr McMahon there would be a thorough inquiry into the leaking of the photos, and anyone found to be involved would be prosecuted.

Regarding the Mauritian prime minister’s invitation for Garda and PSNI members to travel there to participate in the continuing murder inquiry, Mr McMahon said the Government was “happy to consider” any approach from Mauritius for assistance.

Ms McAreavey, the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, was murdered while on honeymoon with her husband John on the island in January 2011. Two former hotel cleaners, Avinash Treebhoowoon (32) and Sandip Moneea (43), were unanimously acquitted of Ms McAreavey’s murder this month.