DNA results may provide Michaela breakthrough

Mauritian authorities are awaiting results on new DNA evidence which could lead to a breakthrough in the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

DNA results may provide Michaela breakthrough

The daughter of the Tyrone football manager was found strangled in the bathroom of her honeymoon suite in Mauritius in January 2011. Two hotel workers were acquitted of her murder in 2012.

However, Michaela’s widower, John McAreavey, has revealed that both he and his sister have been putting pressure on Mauritian authorities to keep the investigation alive.

“Ever since the acquittal myself and my sister have worked tirelessly trying to reinvigorate it. I’ve worked closely with the Mauritian authorities, keeping the pressure on them. I’ve been working with the PSNI. It’s a long and slow process,” he said.

Mr McAreavey said that the new investigation team was now waiting on fresh DNA evidence which could lead to a breakthrough.

“Word is now, they have presented their case to the DPP. I know they’re still waiting on certain bits of DNA evidence. I think it’s fair to say in the case last time, the Mauritian authorities probably didn’t handle it the best they could. They probably felt under a bit of pressure...I think they’re trying to build every angle they can to ensure that they have everything covered,” he said.

However, he admitted it had been difficult dealing with the authorities in a different jurisdiction, in terms of a support network.

“I really do feel alone. We do have the support of the PSNI but that’s it. In Ireland you would always have someone in a victim support role filling you in with the details and progress of a case but we don’t have that,” said Mr McAreavey.

The former Tyrone footballer said his faith in God helped him to come to terms with the loss of his new wife.

“The first number of months, I still felt like I was very much in shock. But I had great support from my family and friends. I really, really relied heavily on them and also my faith. My faith in God was my number one factor that got me through that period. It allowed me to start a new life, so to speak, and progress and not be consumed by that incident,” he said.

Mr McAreavey also spoke of his happiness at being in a new relationship with Kildare woman Tara Brennan. The couple met in Dublin last year through work.

“It was just something that happened. I didn’t go about looking for it at all...I’ve been very, very fortunate. Tara is a wonderful person. We get on very well and we are very good friends.

“Our relationship continues to blossom and I’m just so thankful that she has come into my life. She is a wonderful person and I love spending time with her,” he said.

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