Monday, January 17, 2011

Irish newlywed murdered on African island

Final preparations are being made for the funeral of slain Irish newlywed Michaela Harte-McAreavey. The 27-year-old was found strangled in her hotel room on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. She was killed less than two weeks after her wedding. Her funeral will take place at the church where she married John McAreavey on December 30, 2010. Three suspects in her death are all employees of the luxury hotel where the newlywed was found strangled, according to the Mauritius Police Force. Room attendant Avinash Treebhoowoon, 29, and Sandip Moneea, 41, a floor supervisor, have been charged with murder. Room attendant Raj Theekoy, 33, faces a conspiracy charge. Police said one of the men has confessed and participated in the reconstruction. Authorities believe the men were inside the woman's hotel room when she returned alone. Authorities said the killer used an electronic key card to enter the room. The husband was in the restaurant of the hotel when his wife was killed, and is not a suspect. An autopsy showed that she died of asphyxiation.

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