Harte and McAreavey families asked for privacy

The husband of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has appealed for privacy following the acquittal of two hotel workers over his wife’s killing.

John McAreavey and family members are expected home in Ireland from Mauritius today and have insisted they do not wish to discuss the outcome of the eight-week trial.

In a statement on behalf of the McAreavey and Harte families, they thanked all those who have supported them.

Both families also indicated that they will not be making any further comment on the trial or their ordeal in Mauritius.

They also asked the media to respect their right to privacy as they return home.

Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were cleared of the newlywed’s murder by a jury at the Supreme Court in Port Louis on Thursday.

The nine jurors took just over two hours to find both men not guilty of murdering the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte in the island’s luxury Legends hotel in January last year.