Mauritian police have officially closed their probe into the murder of tragic Michaela McAreavey, it emerged yesterday.
The investigation has ended almost 10 years after the teacher’s brutal killing.
A new probe was launched in August, however, it found no new evidence to justify a fresh trial or a re-trial before a jury, according to the Mauritian DPP.
Medhi Manrakahan, senior assistant to the Mauritian DPP said: “We have been informed by the Commissioner of Police that the police has closed its enquiry into the killing of Michaela Harte as no fresh evidence has been detected by the new enquiry which could have warranted a re-opening/re-trial of the case before a jury.”
Mr Manrakahan was the principal state counsel solicitor during the 2012 high-profile trial of two hotel workers.
The pair were charged but later acquitted of the murder on the holiday island.
He told Independent.ie: “The DPP has no further comments to make in the circumstances.”
Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, had been in Mauritius on honeymoon with her husband John in 2011 when her death shocked the nation.
The 27 year-old was murdered when she returned to the hotel room of their luxurious resort alone and disturbed a burglary.
There were renewed hopes that the case could potentially be solved when details emerged in August about a new team of investigators who were assessing the murder.
The police probe was said to be another attempt to track down the killer or killers of the immensely popular young woman and finally bring them to justice.
However, Michaela’s widower John McAreavey blasted a “new inquiry” being launched into her murder as “bulls**t”.
He linked the announcement to a deal signed two weeks earlier between the holiday isle and newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool.
Mr McAreavey criticised the deal on social media and slammed the fact that 10-days later, the government in Mauritius has announced a new inquiry into the cold case murder of his then-wife.
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He highlighted his campaign for justice for Micheala and tagged the club in social media posts to make them aware of his concerns.
Mr McAreavey had said he was sickened by Liverpool Football Club’s commercial link-up with the island nation.
Mr McAreavey accused Mauritian authorities of indifference and inaction on the case.
Liverpool signed a three year deal and unveiled Mauritius as its new official tourism and economic development partner in July.
An elite task force was established In 2017 in an effort to track down the killer or killers of Michaela McAreavey.
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