Two men accused of raping and killing British teenager, Scarlett Keeling eight years ago in Goa had been acquitted on all charges by an Indian Court on last Friday. Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were found not guilty of culpable homicide and sexual assault on a Goa beach over the 2008 death. Scarlett’s mother, Fiona MacKeown, devastated by the verdict, has now written a letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting his intervention in the death case of her daughter in Goa seeking justice claiming to be murder and not drowning.
In her petition Mackeown has prayed that the persons responsible for the murder of her daughter be prosecuted after they have been identified. She has also stated that the people who have destroyed evidence related to the crime be prosecuted.
“The local fishermen informed me (then that) she was murdered by a drug mafia in Goa, but as this drug mafia had strong connections with local police and politicians, it would be pointless for me to approach the criminal justice system,” According to the sources, Fiona said in the letter to the PM, which she made public during a press conference.
She said in the letter that after eight-and-half years of waiting and trusting the criminal justice system, she finds that the accused stand acquitted due to lack of evidence.
“Up to now, I refused to believe that the local fishermen were right, and placed my trust in the system,” the mother said seeking PM’s intervention in the matter. She also said that she needs to know who ‘killed’ her daughter, if the two accused are not guilty. She demanded that the people responsible for the ‘murder’ of her daughter be identified and prosecuted.
According to the sources, her lawyer Vikram Varma said that evidence had been destroyed within 20 days of the death before Anjuna Police registered the case. He said witnesses have confirmed to CBI that a large quantity of cocaine was stored and sold at the Louis shack where Scarlett was last seen. Why has CBI not taken any action on the people who were selling and storing the drugs? The narcotics angle which was openly revealed in the course of investigation of CBI was not considered and properly probed,” Varma said
He said that if CBI did not have the mandate to probe the NDPS angle then they should have informed the appropriate authority to initiate action. It was not done by the investigating agency, he added. “Where there is political power to protect the drug lobby they will limit the mandate of the investigation,” Varma said.
MacKeown, in her petition to the PM, said that Nerlon Albuquerque, then Police Sub Inspector of Anjuna Police Station, tried his best to shield the criminals and also tried to convince her with lies that her daughter was a victim of accidental drowning.