Editor fined for murder victim photographs

2013-05-30 14:44

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Port Louis - A Mauritian court fined a newspaper editor on Thursday for printing photographs of murdered Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey, one of the most high profile crimes ever seen on the Indian Ocean island.

Imraan Hosany, editor of the weekly Sunday Times newspaper, was fined 50 000 Mauritian rupees (€1 225) for the publication of photographs that the court said were against public morality.

"The publication of these photographs were not necessary to the understanding of a public event," said court magistrate Wendy Rangan.

McAreavey, 27, a County Tyrone school teacher and the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, was strangled in January 2011 and her body dumped in the bathtub of her luxury hotel room.

Hosany was found guilty on Wednesday for an "outrage against good morals" by publishing several images reportedly taken by police photographers documenting the crime scene.

Mauritius, a volcanic island surrounded by coral reefs and lagoons, is best known for top-end tourism and as a honeymoon destination, with nearly one million tourists a year, employing directly or indirectly around 100 000 people.

With tourism making up more than a quarter of the economy of the white-beach and palm-fringed island, the murder of McAreavey made headlines at home and abroad.

Last year two hotel workers were acquitted after an eight-week trial.

Police reopened investigations in July 2012, but no further announcements have been made.

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