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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sweeney case: Now, CBI files closure report

Panaji: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Monday, approached the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Mapusa, seeking permission to close the six-year-old murder case of British national Denyse Sweeney.
A senior CBI officer told TOI that the decision to close the case was based on the findings of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) medical board that said her death was due to accidental fall. The closure report runs into almost 50 pages.

“Neither circumstantial nor ocular evidence was found during the investigation, which could have pointed to homicidal death. Investigation came to the conclusion that death is due to accidental fall,” the officer added.
Sweeny, 34, a charity worker from Derby, England, who was holidaying in the state, died in Anjuna in April 2010.
Though the police had ruled out foul play and had registered it as a case of drug overdose at the time, the matter was reopened because of doubts raised by Sweeney's sisters Maureen and Marion, who claimed that their sister was murdered as there were alleged multiple wounds present on her body.
On July 6, 2012, Anjuna police station registered a murder case against an unknown person.
Sweeny’s viscera was sent for analysis, the report of which opined that no common poison or narcotic substances were detected.
The Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital, in its post-mortem report, revealed the cause of death as ‘cerebral and pulmonary oedema on a woman with injuries’. Pulmonary oedema is fluid accumulation in the air spaces and parenchyma of the lungs. It leads to impaired gas exchange and may cause respiratory failure.
Based on their investigation, the Goa police report stated that on the night of April 16, 2010, the deceased had gone to a nightclub at Vagator where she had an accidental fall. The people present there had helped her and she was later shifted to a private hospital at Anjuna. She expired on the same day while undergoing medical treatment.
In January 2016, CBI took over the case from the Goa police and as part of their investigation visited the hospital, last spot visited by the deceased and recorded statements of witnesses. On January 12, CBI registered a case on the request of the Goa government.

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