2008 Goa mur­der of Bri­tish teen: Court ac­quits both the ac­cused

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia

PANAJI: Two lo­cal men ac­cused of drug­ging, sex­u­ally abus­ing and leav­ing Bri­tish teenage girl Scar­lett Eden Keel­ing to die on Goa’s pop­u­lar An­juna beach in 2008 were on Fri­day let off by a chil­dren’s court here.

Goa Chil­dren’s Court judge Van­dana Ten­dulkar ac­quit­ted Sam­son D’Souza and Placido Car­valho of all the charges in the eight-year-long high pro­file death case.

Car­valho and Sam­son had been charged with cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der, sex­ual abuse and drug­ging.

The ver­dict was an­nounced in a jam packed court hall.

Scar­lett’s mother Fiona Macke­own ex­pressed shock at the ver­dict. “I am shocked. I was not ex­pect­ing ac­quit­tal. I was ex­pect­ing con­vic­tion. I will chal­lenge the or­der,” Fiona told re­porters out­side the court hall here.

Af­ter her daugh­ter’s body was found, Fiona had lived in An­juna for a cou­ple of weeks try­ing to piece to­gether the ev­i­dence in the case. She flew down to Goa from Davon (United King­dom) to be present in the court for the fi­nal ver­dict.

“It took a huge ef­fort for me to even get the po­lice to reg­is­ter a com­plaint [in the case],” she said re­call­ing her strug­gle to get jus­tice for her 15-year-old daugh­ter.

She al­leged she knew that the Goa po­lice was not in­ter­ested to pros­e­cute the killers.

Scar­lett Keel­ing:

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