Mauritius Sunday Times edtior Imraan Hosany found guilty over Michaela McAreavey pictures

Mauritius Sunday Times edtior Imraan Hosany found guilty over Michaela McAreavey pictures

THE editor of a local newspaper in Mauritius who published photographs of the body of Michaela McAreavey has been found guilty of outrage to religious and public morality.

In July of last year the local Sunday Times in Mauritius published a number of photographs from the crime scene where Michaela McAreavey was murdered while on her honeymoon in January 2011.

The newspaper’s editor, Imraan Hosany, was arrested three days later.

Following his conviction at an Intermediate Magistrates Court it is expected he will be sentenced tomorrow.

Michaela McAreavey was the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

In March, John McAreavey received a five-figure sum after a libel action was settled on Thursday.

The defamation action brought by John McAreavey against the Irish Daily Mail over pictures of his wife.

However, the action was settled on the steps of the court.

A lawyer for the newspaper group expressed apologies for the publication of still photographs from a CCTV camera interspersed with pictures of John and Michaela McAreavey.

His 27-year-old wife, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was killed on her honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011.

Belfast High Court was told these were potentially misleading and caused significant distress to Mr McAreavey.

Speaking afterwards, Mr McAreavey said he was glad the matter had been settled and he was now getting on with seeking justice for his murdered wife.

Following a trial in Mauritius in 2012 two men were found not guilty of murdering Mrs McAreavey in her honeymoon suite.

Michaela was the daughter of one of Ireland’s best known sports figures, Mickey Harte, manager of the Tyrone Gaelic football team.

She had married John McAreavey just 12 days before she was murdered, and was buried in her wedding dress.


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