Northern Ireland

Michaela McAreavey: Editor fined £1,000 over photos

The editor, Imraan Hosany, has been found guilty in a Mauritian court
Image caption Editor Imraan Hosany was fined the equivalent of £1,000 for publishing the photographs

A newspaper editor has been fined the equivalent of £1,000 for publishing photographs of the body of Michaela McAreavey.

The 27-year-old County Tyrone woman was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011.

The Mauritian Sunday Times published pictures showing the crime scene and her body last year.

Editor Imraan Hosany, was found guilty on Wednesday of outrage to religious and public morality.

The fine of 50,000 Mauritian rupees was imposed on Thursday in the Intermediate Court in Port Louis by Magistrate Wendy Rangan.

Image caption John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day

Mr Hosany had faced a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment or a fine of Mauritian rupees 100,000 (£2,000).

His lawyer, Mr Akil Bissessur, said Mr Hosany would be appealing the sentence.

The photographs were taken by a police photographer as part of the murder investigation, but the police said they did not know how the newspaper obtained the images.

The paper has no connection to the British and Irish publication of the same name.

Michaela McAreavey 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.

The Harte and McAreavey families last year launched a civil case against Imraan Hosany and the Mauritius Sunday Times

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