McAreavey Murder Hijacked By Racists

As if the McAreavey and Harte families didn’t have enough to endure, we now see racists stepping forward to hijack the families’ tragedy.  A lovely young girl was murdered, leaving two families distraught, and their pain was compounded by the inept investigation by the Mauritian police, perhaps under pressure to find a culprit, just as the British police were when they arrested the Birmingham Six, or the Irish police when they tried to pin a false charge on Joanne Hayes.

That’s the nature of police forces everywhere, despite the image they try to project, and the Mauritian police proved no different, though their level of ineptitude is perhaps thirty years behind the level of our current police force’s incompetence, which is still considerable.  Their level of corruption is another matter.

But as if the insult to the McAreavey and Harte families wasn’t bad enough, as if they weren’t sufficiently crushed by the trial and by the failure to convict anyone for the murder, to the astonishment of everybody, a Mauritian newspaper went ahead and published explicit crime-scene photos.

Shocking.  An affront to decency.  Gutter press at its worst.

Yet was any of this the fault of all Mauritians?

No.  It was not.

Some crooked cop, impoverished jury member or unprincipled civil servant sold the pictures to the newspaper and that was all, but despite this, campaigns have grown up in Ireland and abroad, seeking to boycott Mauritius.  What’s more, the campaign has extended to include all immigrants to Ireland, African and others.

I can hear the drumbeats beneath this clamour and it’s worrying.  We wouldn’t be the first small country to succumb to fascism.

It seems that every racist in Ireland has grabbed this case as a golden opportunity to attack the people they hate.    This is fascism, and when they’ve finished with the Mauritians, when they’ve finished with the Africans, when they’re done with the Poles, they’ll  cast around for other victims.  Jews? Not many these days.  Muslims?  Certainly.  And when the gobshites are finished oppressing these groups, they’ll come for me, and they’ll come for you.

It’sd time to resist this movement in Irish society before gobshites are strutting around our streets in uniform.


McAreavey Trial — Jury Returns Not Guilty Verdicts

Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, the two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius, have been found not guilty, and I’m not all that surprised.  The case against them was shaky, there was no DNA evidence and their claims of beatings while under arrest had a hint of plausibility.

A defence lawyer’s job is to cast as much doubt on the prosecution case as possible, which was exactly what Teeluckdharry  and Valayden did.  While we all  found the cross-examination of John McAreavey both insulting and ludicrous, the fact is that they were doing their jobs to the best of their ability on behalf of their clients.  Court cases are a dirty business.

After  that incident, I felt that the McAreavey and Harte families would have been better advised to leave Mauritius and have nothing further to do with the trial.  When the defence made such a big deal about Cosmopolitan magazine in the hotel room, it was clear that cultural perceprtions would have a part to play in the jury’s decision, and that, combined with the absence of hard evidence connecting the accused to the crime, meant they’d probably be acquitted.

It’s impossible not to feel sorry for the bereaved families now that the prosecution has failed to secure convictions.  They must be wondering if they subjected themselves to the ordeal of the  trial for nothing, but I don’t think they’re the sort of people who would want the accused men jailed on the basis of unsafe evidence.

What can they do now but try to get on with their lives?


Previously:  Murder Trial