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Death in Mauritius

Two former hotel workers in Mauritius have been cleared of the murder of Michaela McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone football boss Mickey Harte. We look back at how the story unfolded.


  1. July 12, 2012 - Two men are cleared of the murder of Michaela McAreavey

  2. January 2011 - How the story broke

  3. It was on the afternoon of January 10, 2011 that news first broke here in Ireland of a tragedy having befallen an Irish woman on holidays in Mauritius.
  4. Within a short space of time the identify of the deceased had been confirmed - the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone GAA supremo Mickey Harte had lost her life just two weeks after marrying her childhood sweetheart, Down footballer John McAreavey.
  5. RTÉ Six One news covered the death of the popular primary school teacher in detail.
  6. Michaela McAreavey
  7. Below: Michaela McAreavey and husband John pictured on their wedding day at St Malachy's Church in Ballymacilroy, Co Tyrone, December 30, 2010. Picture: Irish News / PA
  8. John and Micheala on wedding day
    John and Micheala on wedding day
  9. A post mortem examination confirmed that the 27-year-old had died violently
  10. As police in Mauritius questioned six suspects about the murder, her heartbroken father spoke out about the family's loss
  11. Below: Mickey Harte and sons Matthew (left) and Michael, speaking about Michaela's death at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone. Picture: Press Association.
  12. Three men were charged in connection with Michaela's murder in the days that followed, with room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon confessing while in police custody.
  13. Below: Suspect Sandip Mooneea, left, covers his face as he is escorted by a plainclothes policeman. Picture: AP
  14. Sandip Mooneea is arrested
    Sandip Mooneea is arrested
  15. Further details emerged from the case that shocked both Ireland and the holiday Indian Ocean nation.
  16. Meanwhile her devastated family, and the community of  Ballygawley, prepared to pay their last respects.