Michaela family 'frustrated' over progress

Michaela family 'frustrated' over progress

The loved ones of honeymoon murder victim Michaela McAreavey have released a statement expressing their frustration over the slow progress of fresh criminal proceedings into her death.

Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was strangled in her honeymoon suite in a hotel in Mauritius in January 2011.The 27-year-old teacher from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, was staying with her new husband John McAreavey at the five-star Legends Hotel complex on the north-east coast of the island when she was killed.Two hotel workers were charged with the murder, however, following a trial, the pair were eventually acquitted of all charges in July 2012.A fresh investigation was ordered into the murder after the trial.A statement from the McAreavey and Harte families was released on Tuesday, which read: "As the second anniversary approaches of the trial of those accused of Michaela's murder, the families are more determined now than ever that justice will be done."They are hoping that a settlement can soon be reached with the hotel in respect of the civil proceedings but they are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow progress of the criminal proceedings."In particular, they have been disappointed by the reluctance of the Mauritian authorities to keep them updated with developments."It was promised by the Mauritian Prime Minister that justice would be done and would be seen to be done in this case. However as time marches on and the criminal proceedings seem to have ground to a halt, this promise is ringing hollow," the statement concluded.

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