Family 'distress' at Michaela questions

Published Sunday, 27 May 2012
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The Harte and McAreavey families have issued a statement after details emerged last week in the trial of two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey.

Family 'distress' at Michaela questions
John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day. (© Family photo)

In the statement, they say that both families are "very distressed and dismayed" at any attempt to denigrate the memory of the Co Tyrone woman.

It comes after the defence for the accused revealed that a sex guide had been found in the hotel room where Michaela and her husband John had been staying on their honeymoon in Mauritius.

The statement said: "Obviously both families are very distressed and dismayed at any attempt to denigrate the memory of Michaela.

"However, they would like to thank the many family, friends and the wider public for their continued support and prayers as they endure this ordeal.

"They would particularly ask that people continue to pray so that John may be granted the necessary strength to get through the very difficult and painful days ahead."

The 27-year-old daughter of the Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was strangled in January last year.

Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, and 42-year-old Sandip Moneea, who were both employees at the Legends resort where she died, deny the murder charges.

The fifth day of the trial will begin on the island on Monday morning.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Vee in Belfast wrote (976 days ago):
I agree with Charlene in Tyrone. How does a sex guide defend murdering someone? I think the fact they may have had a sex guide in a magazine supplement shows more of what good people they were - who did not follow the common herd and live together before their wedding ceremony. I will be interested to see how this sex-guide is the crux of the defence evidence. Certainly I will not be going to Mauritius on holidays or for any other reason!
patto69 in Belfast wrote (976 days ago):
This smear at all costs type of defence is a common enough practice in the USA and has even crept in here where the tactic is to abuse the victim so much that they give up. All this defence team is doing is adding to the suffering of this family and ensuring that the Mauritian tourist industry is getting flushed down the plug hole.
Alice Doyle in Magherafelt wrote (976 days ago):
I am disgusted at the line of questioning about a supplement in a magazine Michaela bought and at the sniggering in the court. Have the Harte and Mc Areavey families not suffered enough? God help you all. Mauritius is definitely off my holiday list now.
margaret mc erlean in belfast wrote (977 days ago):
did not know you personally but my thoughts are with you all at this time her smile lit up the world on her wedding day xxx
charlene in tyrone wrote (977 days ago):
I don't get it, even if there was a sex guide in there hotel room, how does that defend murdering someone, I believe a life for a life and pray that justice will be done for the mcareavy and harte families
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