Concern over lack of DNA samples taken in McAreavey probe

There have been fresh claims about the standard of the police investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey as a man dubbed the prime suspect in her death has denied any involvement.

Concern over lack of DNA samples taken in McAreavey probe

While the life of the 27-year-old from Tyrone was celebrated in the ‘Match for Michaela’ in Belfast’s Casement Park on Saturday, a former Garda detective sergeant suggested there had been serious faults in the investigation carried out into her death by Mauritian police.

Michaela was killed while on honeymoon in Mauritius after disturbing a robbery in her room. Two men were acquitted of her murder following a trial earlier this year.

Retired detective sergeant Alan Bailey, writing in the Sunday World, said he had counted at least six people who had either moved or attempted to resuscitate Michaela in her hotel room, yet none of those people were asked to provide body samples for DNA comparison with trace evidence found at the scene.

Among other concerns voiced over the police investigation was access to a missing master key, which Mr Bailey said could link former hotel security guard Dassen Naraynen to Michaela’s death.

He told the same news-paper that his DNA may be on Michaela’s body, but claimed that would only be due to the fact he touched her cheek while handing her distressed husband John a towel following the discovery of her body.

Birmingham University professor of Criminology David Wilson claimed there were too many coincidences in the case to ignore the possibility that a different staff member at the hotel may have been involved in the murder.

Northern first minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin Mc-Guinness were among those at the Match for Michaela when an Ulster Select team beat All-Ireland champions Donegal 2-12 to 1-12.

A crowd of 20,000 watched the game with all proceeds going to the Michaela Foundation.

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