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Man cleared of murdering Michaela McAreavey to begin £1m compensation bid

John and Michaela McAreavey were married in January 2011. Picture by McAreavey Family handout/PA Wire

A HOTEL worker cleared of murdering Michaela McAreavey will begin his £1m bid for compensation next month.

Avinash Treebhoowoon is claiming damages for "trauma, humiliation and stress" as a result of his alleged treatment by police and investigators.

He and another hotel employee, Sandip Moneea, had been charged with murdering Michaela but were acquitted in the high-profile case.

Six years ago Mrs McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was on honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband John when she was killed.

The 27-year-old schoolteacher from Ballygawley was found dead in the bathroom of their suite at the five-star Legends hotel in the resort of Grand Gaube in January 2011.

Mr Treebhoowoon spent 18 months in custody before being found not guilty.

His lawyer Sanjeev Teeluckdharry said his client felt "very sorry for whatever has happened" but "has nothing to do with the murder".

"He does not know anything about how the lady was killed," he said.

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