domenica 25 settembre 2016

Rape, murder of Scarlett Keeling

Fifteen-year-old Scarlett’s bruised and half-naked body was found on a beach in Goa in 2008

The mum of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling has condemned the authorities in India after the men she believes are guilty were cleared of raping and killing the teenager.
Fiona MacKeown slammed the judicial system and blamed the verdicts on police corruption as well as the failure of a key British witness to give evidence during the six-year trial.
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett’s bruised and half-naked body was found on a beach in Goa in 2008.
Local men Samson D’Souza, 37, and Placido Carvalho, 48, have been cleared of all charges.
Fiona described the long legal process as “exhausting and harrowing”.
The mum, who travelled to India for the court’s ruling, added: “I’ve waited eight years – and now this. I’m devastated and shocked.
“We thought justice would finally be done, but it hasn’t. It’s been eight years of agony. We had shown faith in the Indian judicial system but it has let me down.”
She could take the case to a higher court but believes corruption in Indian police agency the Central Bureau of Investigation means there may never be a conviction.
The distraught mum said she does not know if she has the strength to appeal.
Indian authorities have been accused of trying to cover up the killing to protect Goa’s lucrative tourism industry.
Scarlett’s death was initially treated as an accident but her mum pushed for a second postmortem – which uncovered 50 separate injuries.
Fiona, who is in her 50s, said: “Right from the beginning I knew that the local police did not want to prosecute the killers.
“It took a huge effort for me even to get the police to register a complaint.
“I had some hope for the CBI but it is clear that they are corrupt.
“If international tourists come to Goa and are murdered, they have no hope for justice.
"I don’t believe there has ever been justice for a murdered tourist in this country. The criminal justice system protects the criminals.
“I don’t have the financial resources or the strength to wait for another eight years for an appeal.”
She added: “Somebody murdered my daughter in this country and someone needs to be held accountable.”
Prosecutors claimed Mr D’Souza and Mr Carvalho plied Devon teenager ­Scarlett with drugs then carried out a sex attack and left her to drown on the beach at the resort of Anjuna.
The men were cleared by judge Vandana Tendulkar at Goa’s children’s court at the end of a trial that began in 2010.
The prosecution team said their case was damaged by the refusal of Michael Mannion to give evidence.
The 44-year-old, from Brighton, East Sussex, had claimed he saw D’Souza lying on top of Scarlett at the resort.
Mr Mannion said he left the teenager with three men because he feared being framed by locals.
He refused to appear as a prosecution witness, saying he was still traumatised.
Fiona, of Bradworthy, Devon, said: “I hold him partially responsible for this verdict.
"He let Scarlett down the first time when he drove off and left her with these guys. He’s let her down again badly.
“I think he’s a despicable coward. He promised he’d come back and didn’t.”
Mr D’Souza, who worked in a shack on the beach in northern Goa, said he was “happy” with the verdict, adding: “Justice has prevailed.”
Scarlett was on a six-month trip with her family when she was killed.
She was attacked at a Valentine’s Day beach party while her relatives were in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.
Fiona faced criticism for allowing Scarlett to attend the party.
The mum said: “Mostly, people don’t know the facts when they say I left her on the beach on her own.
"I didn’t leave her on her own.” She added: “Obviously I will regret that decision for the rest of my life that I let her go to that party.
“I wish more than anything I’d said ‘no’ and kept her with us but I can’t change the past.”
Before flying to India for the verdicts, she spoke of her pain and her fears about the defendants being cleared.
She said: “I’ve been broken for the last eight years… My last memory of her was her nagging me silly to go to the big party on the beach.
“I gave in at the last minute and my last memory was her squealing, jumping up and down, hugging me and saying, ‘Thanks, Mum, I love you.’
“I have got to live with that but I did not murder her. It’s not my fault.”

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