THE publication of crime scene photographs of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey’s body by a Mauritian newspaper marks a new low, her family has said.
The country’s Sunday Times, a paper with no connection to any British or Irish company, used images of the hotel room crime scene where Mrs McAreavey was killed.
Irish Taioseach Enda Kenny and Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have condemned the publication, the former yesterday confirming that the Irish Government will be lodging a formal complaint “in the strongest possible terms” with the Government of Mauritius.
The newlywed was killed while on honeymoon with her husband John at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius in January last year.
A statement from members of the couple’s family said, “As the families struggle to come to terms with the result from the trial – this action by the newspaper is not only insensitive to their grief but marks another low in the treatment of John, the two families and the dignity of Michaela.”