The widower of murder victim Michaela Harte, who was killed in her honeymoon suite in Mauritius, has declined an offer from the resort to stay there during the upcoming murder trial.
John McAreavey will travel to Mauritius next week for the murder trial of the two men accused of killing his wife Michaela Harte (27) on January 10 2011. The couple were married on December 30, 2010 in Ballymacilroy, County Tyrone, a mere ten days before Michaela lost her life.
The Irish Independent reports that the five-star resort in Grand Gaube is believed to have offered the Tyrone man a room for the duration of the trial, but he declined due to the painful memories the tragic honeymoon. The newspaper reports that McAreavey will stay at a secret religious retreat instead.
Michaela Harte, the daughter of GAA legend Mickey Harte, was murdered in her luxury hotel suite when she returned to the couple's bedroom to fetch a biscuit to have with her tea after lunch. Her husband John discovered her body after she failed to return downstairs.
Two former hotel workers Avinash Treebhowon (29) and Sandip Mooneea (41) are charged with the Irish language teacher’s murder. The two men have pleaded not guilty and allege they were coerced into confessing to the killing.
The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, will begin next Tuesday.