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Mauritan police officially close Michaela McAreavey investigation

Police in Mauritius have officially closed their investigation into the murder of Co Tyrone teacher Michaela McAreavey. The 27-year-old was killed while on her honeymoon in the country with her husband, John in January 2011

POLICE in Mauritius investigating the murder of Co Tyrone teacher Michaela McAreavey have officially closed the case.

A new inquiry into the killing of the 27-year-old, who was found in her hotel room in January 2011, was opened in August.

The daughter of then Tyrone GAA boss, Mickey Harte, Mrs McAreavey had been on honeymoon with her husband John when she was killed.

Mrs McAreavey was found strangled in the bath of her suite at the former Legends Hotel in Grand Gaube.

Two hotel workers, Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, were charged with the murder but later acquitted

Following this, new investigations were launched.

A reward of two-million Mauritian rupees (£40,000) was also offered for new information, but that also failed to lead to a breakthrough.

Earlier this year, Mr McAreavey vowed to continue the search for justice for his late wife.

Mr McAreavey, who has since remarried, said: "I just have to continue to think there is an opportunity to get justice because Michaela deserves that. It’s the least of what she deserves."

However, the Mauritian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said this week that no new evidence to warrant a new trial, or a re-trial before a jury, had been found.

Medhi Manrakahan, senior assistant to the Mauritian DPP said: "We have been informed by the Commissioner of Police that the police has closed its inquiry into the killing.. as no fresh evidence has been detected by the new inquiry which could have warranted a re-opening/re-trial of the case before a jury."

Mr Manrakahan, the solicitor who represented the Mauritian State in the 2012 trial of two hotel workers who were charged and later acquitted of the murder, added: "The DPP has no further comments to make in the circumstances".

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