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Sunday 19 August 2018

Photographer sacked for Michaela jibes

A PHOTOGRAPHER who made hateful comments about the late Michaela McAreavey on Facebook has been sacked.

Susanne Morrison had been working for County Down Outlook weekly newspaper when she made the suggestion that the murder of the former Rose in Mauritius was a case of "karma", adding that "what goes around comes around".

She was sacked yesterday after international outrage prompted her bosses to investigate the issue.

Such was the nature of the comments that the Northern Ireland police will now investigate if Morrison (19) from Rathfriland, Co Down committed a hate crime.

The teenager had written, among many other disturbing comments, that she was "sick of hearing about Makeala [sic] Harte's death".

All these Facebook posts were removed from the social networking site when they became public knowledge, and while Morrison has refused to comment, her former employer released a statement yesterday regarding her dismissal.

"We remain appalled by the comments made on Facebook," Co Down Outlook editor Joanne Ross wrote.

"We can confirm that the individual, whose personal Facebook page contained the comments, is no longer employed by the County Down Outlook or any associated company."

The couple had planned to live in their new home in the Laurencetown area -- where the paper circulates -- before the 27-year-old from Tyrone was strangled in her honeymoon suite in Legends Hotel, Grand Gaube on January 10.

Other messages posted by Morrison included: "Soldiers don't get as much coverage as she has and they are risking their lives to protect us! Its about time this country got its priorities right!!!" She also added: "what goes around comes around or karma or what ever you wanna call it."

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