Honeymoon bride strangled

The
daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, a
post-mortem has revealed.

Michaela
McAreavey was found dead in her bathtub at the four-star Legends Hotel in
Mauritius during her honeymoon.

The
27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down’s Gaelic
football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.

Police
in Mauritius are questioning 10 people about the death.

They
said that they are examining CCTV footage from the complex.

An
official from the Irish Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, is travelling to
Mauritius to help Mr McAreavey.

A
post-mortem examination has found that there were marks on Mrs McAreavey’s
neck, police said.

According
to police Inspector Ranjit Jokhoo Mr and Mrs McAreavey had been having a cup of
tea at an outdoor cafe when Ms Avery went back to her room, which was about 50m
away, to fetch biscuits for her tea.

When
she failed to return after 20 to 30 minutes, her husband went to the room to
look for her. He found her dead in the bathtub in the room.

The
inspector said that the killer had used an electronic key card to enter the
room, as there had been no forced entry.

He
said that nothing had been found to have been stolen.

The
Legends Hotel beach resort is situated in the fishing village of Grand
Gaube, in the north-eastern corner of the island, and boasts a luxury spa,
three swimming pools and five restaurants. The couple booked in last Saturday
and were due to leave on Sunday.

Police
say they are confident they will find the perpetrator.

“As
far as I know this is the first time a tourist has been attacked and lost their
life here. It’s an isolated case, but still it shouldn’t have happened,”
Insp Jokhoo said.

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