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Old January 11th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #1
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Michaela Harte

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Old January 12th, 2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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Very tragic indeed. It's completely unfathomable how her husband and family must be feeling!

A BBC Northern Ireland reporter really put things into perspective when he relayed how the church in which she was married, less than two weeks ago, is now preparing for her funeral.
Very scary!!!
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Old January 12th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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I hope they catch the bastard(s) that did this
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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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Apparently they've charged three hotel wrokers; two for murder and one for conspiracy.

It's believed she interrupted them during a break-in. They strangled her, placed her in a bath and filled it water to make it look like she drowned. Just a completely horrendous story!!!
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Old January 13th, 2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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Very upsetting to hear. A horrible thing to happen to such a beautiful and talented young woman. Absolutely terrible.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #6
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Two found not guilty of Michaela McAreavey murder
Updated: 15:42, Thursday, 12 July 2012


Two former hotel workers, Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, have been found not guilty of the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.



Michaela McAreavey was killed on honeymoon in Mauritius in January last year


The 27-year-old Co Tyrone teacher was found strangled in her room at the luxury Legends Hotel during her honeymoon on the island in January 2011.

Both verdicts were unanimous and jurors took two hours to deliberate.
Members of the McAreavey family walked straight out of court when the foreman of the jury made the verdicts known.

Both accused broke down in tears in the dock and their relatives cheered.
The high-profile case in Port Louis was originally listed to run nine days, but lasted eight weeks.

The prosecution had claimed that Mr Treebhoowoon and Mr Moneea attacked Mrs McAreavey when she interrupted them stealing from the room.
She had momentarily left her husband, John, at a poolside restaurant to fetch biscuits.

Mr Treebhoowoon, 32, from Plaine de Roches, worked as a room attendant at Legends, while Mr Moneea, 43, from Petit Raffray, was his floor supervisor.

They were arrested at the hotel the day after the murder

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What a ******* joke. Kangaroo court in a kangaroo country.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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What a ******* joke. Kangaroo court in a kangaroo country.
Whether people disagreed with the verdict is beside the point, the men were tried and the jury acquitted them. Just because a jury acquitted someone, as they have done many times here, does not mean they are a kangaroo court in a kangaroo nation. This country has had it's fair share of unsafe convictions, this would have been one of them.

You either support the right of trial by jury or you don't, can't have it both ways. There are serious questions to be asked about the police investigation, allegations of torture and various other issues. The court and the jury have got nothing to do with it, they did as they are required to do by law, a law no different from the ones here.
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Are you aware of the manner in which this case was heard in court? Are you aware that the judge could not even be bothered controlling his own courtroom? In fact the solicitors on both sides, from what I have read, seemed to take alot of time to crack jokes at trainees in the gallery while the trial was on. At one stage Claire McAreavey had to turn around to the crowd and tell them basically to shut up (paraphrase).


To my mind (and I have not fully followed the trial) and alot of other people who have followed this case particularly in the media and who have been commenting in recent days the whole thing came across as a shambles, a complete farce. The family might not get justice but it does nothing positive for the image of that country. Kangaroo court - that's my opinion anyway.


And you are right it is not JUST the court I mean. The whole thing - shambles.
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Funnily enough, I have two Mauritian friends living in Ireland. Both are acutely embarressed by the verdict. The interesting aspect is that when the Defence lawyer was named one of them told me to expect alot of controversy and the possibility of a surprising verdict!!!
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Mauritius paper publishes photos of Michaela McAreavey body in hotel room
Updated: 13:27, Sunday, 15 July 2012

A Mauritian newspaper called 'Sunday Times' has published photographs of the hotel room crime scene where Michaela McAreavey was killed, including images of her body.

Ms McAreavey was killed while on honeymoon with her husband John at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius in January of last year.

In total around 12 black and white images of the crime scene were published today in a local Mauritius newspaper called 'Sunday Times'.

On the front page there is a photograph of Ms McAreavey taken after her death - under the headline 'Exclusive'.

Inside the paper, there are more images of the crime scene, including the hotel room and the bathroom.

There are also close up pictures of Ms McAreavey's injuries.

Who gave the photos to the newspaper has yet to be established.

Efforts to make contact with the paper today have so far proved unsuccessful.

Earlier this week two men were acquitted of her murder after an eight-week trial

The McAreavey and Harte families have issued a joint statement in response to the publication of the pictures.

In a statement, the a spokesperson for the families said: “As the families struggle to come with the result from the trial - this action by the newspaper is not only insensitive to their grief but marks another low in the treatment of John, the two families and the dignity of Michaela.”

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said he is appalled at the publication of the photographs.

Mr Bruton said the situation fundamentally invaded the human rights of the McAreavey family.

The minister said the Taoiseach Enda Kenny was equally appalled and flabbergasted at what had happened.

He said the family had been treated in an appalling way, and the Government would be looking to see how it could take steps to protect the family.

Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0715/mau...dy-photos.html
Sickening.
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Stomach churning! Also, it has the potential to prejudice any subsequent trial.

I know that foreign countries have a more liberal view on such matters, for example I can vividly remember Spanish TV stations graphically showing the aftermath of an ETA bombing. However, dredging up private images like this so long after the event is done for no other reason then sick, perverted attention seeking!
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