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India: Call led to recovery of British teen's body

India: Call led to recovery of British teen's body

A police officer told a court Monday that an anonymous telephone call led to the recovery of the body of a British teenager in Goa in 2008, an attorney said.
The bruised and partially clothed body of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, 15, was discovered on a beach.
Police initially said Keeling drowned because she was drunk, but pressure from her family forced a second autopsy that indicated she was likely murdered and may also have been raped.
Samson D'Souza, 28, and Placido Carvalho, 36, who were allegedly seen drinking at a bar with Keeling the night she died, were arrested and face charges of culpable homicide, sexual assault and destroying evidence.
The trial in the case began last month.
Appearing as the first prosecution witness in the trial court, officer Gurunath Naik said he visited the beach after receiving the phone call and found the body there, said the attorney who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Goa is a former Portuguese colony and a popular backpacking destination. It is also known for its drug-infused beach parties.
The Keeling family comes from Bideford, southwest England. Scarlett Keeling had been on vacation in India with her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her six siblings. Her family was traveling elsewhere in India when she died.
The accused men face between seven and 21 years in prison, if convicted. They are out on bail.


Updated : 2021-08-02 22:14 GMT+08:00