Michaela McAreavey: Family launch podcast to expose 'circus act' of honeymoon murder trial

30 November 2019, 13:51 | Updated: 30 November 2019, 15:30

The family of an Irish woman murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius have launched a podcast they say will help listeners understand the "circus act" trial that acquitted two suspects.

Michaela McAreavey was found strangled and half-submerged in the bath of the honeymoon suite she had been sharing with husband John on 10 January 2011.

Two local hotel workers were cleared of killing the 27-year-old the following year, but Mr McAreavey has repeatedly criticised the police investigation that led to the high-profile court case.

Interest in the eight-week trial was significant partly because Mrs McAreavey, a religious studies teacher, was the only daughter of Mickey Harte, who is manager of the successful County Tyrone Gaelic football club

Almost nine years after her death, Mr McAreavey has announced a podcast called Murder In Mauritius, which he says will shine a light on what it was like to attend the "kangaroo court" every day.

Mr McAreavey, who has since remarried, told Newstalk FM: "It was full to the public gallery and the defence for these two men used this as a platform to be the greatest entertainers.

"They would play up to the gallery and the gallery would respond and everybody was sitting laughing."

Mr McAreavey, who has previously offered a £43,000 reward to help catch whoever killed his wife, said that public interest in the trial turned it into a "big circus act".

He said he still had "faith in the jury" to convict the men, with more than 50 witnesses having given evidence, and said the verdict left him feeling betrayed by the Mauritian justice system.

"The evidence is just so strong," he said.

"And that is why we really wanted to talk about the depth of the evidence in the podcast."

Mr McAreavey said he would keep fighting for justice, and is pinning his hopes on a change in Mauritian law that could see the former suspects face a retrial if compelling evidence emerges.

He said the family have maintained a dialogue with the Mauritian authorities in the years since the trial, but hoped the podcast would bring the case back into the spotlight.