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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Final arguments commence in Scarlett case

PANAJI: Final arguments in the death case of British teenager Scarlett Keeling begun before Children's court on Wednesday and the hearing is likely to continue on Thursday.

CBI's special public prosecutor Ejaz Khan and defence lawyer Marvin D'Souza argued before the court. The two locals, Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho are facing trial for allegedly drugging, sexually abusing and leaving Scarlett to die on the beach in 2008.
The final arguments are likely to be concluded in the next two days. The British teenager's semi-nude body was found under mysterious condition at Anjuna beach in 2008. The case had drawn a lot of media attention with the teenager's mother, Fiona McKeown hurling accusations against the then home minister Ravi Naik. Fiona is currently in Goa to attend the final arguments in the trial against the two accused. The case was handed over to CBI following an array of allegations of mishandling of case by Goa police.
The initial postmortem by the forensic department of Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, had claimed drowning, while her mother alleged that her daughter was killed. Final rites of Scarlett were done only four years later as her mother had refused to take possession of her daughter's body without proper investigation of the case. A prime witness in the case, Michael Mannion alias Masala, a Britisher, has refrained from deposing before the trial court, so far.

TOI Goa News

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