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Lawyer who defended Michaela McAreavey suspect to pen book about case

Michaela McAreavey was on honeymoon with her husband John when she was killed
Marie Louise McConville

A LAWYER who defended one of two hotel workers acquitted of the murder of Co Tyrone teacher Michaela McAreavey is to write a book about the case.

Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, who represented Avinash Treebhoowon during the high-profile trial in 2012, hopes to publish his account of the case in 2022, to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of his participation in the trial.

"This was the most high-profile murder case in Mauritius," he told the Irish Independent.

The news comes ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 27-year-old's death later this week.

The daughter of then Tyrone GAA boss, Mickey Harte was found dead in her hotel room on January 10 2011.

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, Mauritius.

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.

Last year, John McAreavey, wo has since remarried and become a father, vowed to continue the search for justice for his late wife.

In December, police in Mauritius announced they were officially closing the case.

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

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