Scarlett Keeling murder case: Goa court acquits 2 accused

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goa 2007 -16A Goa court on September 23 acquitted two men accused of raping and causing the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, whose body was found on one of the city’s beaches.

The Goa children’s court acquitted Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho of sexually assaulting Keeling, 15, after feeding her drugs. Her body was found on a Goa beach on February 19, 2008.

Keeling’s mother Fiona MacKeown, who came to Goa hoping her daughter would get justice, said that she has lost faith in the Indian judicial system.

Initially, Goa police first probed the case and dismissed it as a suicide case. The cops But opened a murder probe after Keeling’s mother pushed for a second autopsy, which proved she was drugged and raped.

Keeling’s death highlighted the seedy side of the resort destination and also drew attention to India’s sluggish justice system.

Also, her death brought Goa’s drugs underbelly into the limelight with her mother accusing the local police of trying to cover up the case.