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Goa court acquits both accused in Scarlett Eden death case

Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown expressed shock at the verdict

Two local men accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving teenage girl Eden Keeling to die on Goa's beach in 2008 were acquitted by a children's court in Panaji.

Children's Court Judge Vandana Tendulkar acquitted D'Souza and of all the charges in the eight-year-long high profile death case.

and had been charged with not amounting to murder, and drugging.

The verdict was announced in a jam packed court hall.

Scarlett's mother expressed shock at the verdict.

"I am shocked. I was not expecting acquittal. I was expecting conviction. I will challenge the order," Fiona told reporters outside the court hall.

After her daughter's body was found, Fiona had lived in for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. She flew down to from Davon (UK) to be present in the court for the final verdict.

The filed its chargesheet in the case in 2010 after the probe was handed over to the central agency from Police on repeated pleas made by the Scarlett's family.

Police was accused of trying to hush up the case. The 15-year-old's bruised and semi-nude body was found at beach on Feburary 19 2008, following which the police had claimed it as a case of drowning, but later registered it as culpable homicide.

The case had grabbed international attention as citizens used to be the largest number of visiting Goa.

The investigating agency had charged of sexually abusing the girl and leaving her to die on coast while was accused of providing narcotics to her on the fateful day.

"I am relieved. Justice has finally prevailed," said while talking to reporters after the verdict.

The prosecution examined 31 witnesses, including the mother of the deceased during the trial.

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Goa court acquits both accused in Scarlett Eden death case

Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown expressed shock at the verdict

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa: An upset Fiona Mackeown, the mother of British school girl Scarlett Keeling, after the verdict in her daughter's rape and death case, in Goa on Friday.
An upset Fiona Mackeown, the mother of British school girl Scarlett Keeling, after the verdict in her daughter's rape and death case, in Goa

Two local men accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving teenage girl Eden Keeling to die on Goa's beach in 2008 were acquitted by a children's court in Panaji.

Children's Court Judge Vandana Tendulkar acquitted D'Souza and of all the charges in the eight-year-long high profile death case.

and had been charged with not amounting to murder, and drugging.

The verdict was announced in a jam packed court hall.

Scarlett's mother expressed shock at the verdict.

"I am shocked. I was not expecting acquittal. I was expecting conviction. I will challenge the order," Fiona told reporters outside the court hall.

After her daughter's body was found, Fiona had lived in for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. She flew down to from Davon (UK) to be present in the court for the final verdict.

The filed its chargesheet in the case in 2010 after the probe was handed over to the central agency from Police on repeated pleas made by the Scarlett's family.

Police was accused of trying to hush up the case. The 15-year-old's bruised and semi-nude body was found at beach on Feburary 19 2008, following which the police had claimed it as a case of drowning, but later registered it as culpable homicide.

The case had grabbed international attention as citizens used to be the largest number of visiting Goa.

The investigating agency had charged of sexually abusing the girl and leaving her to die on coast while was accused of providing narcotics to her on the fateful day.

"I am relieved. Justice has finally prevailed," said while talking to reporters after the verdict.

The prosecution examined 31 witnesses, including the mother of the deceased during the trial.

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Goa court acquits both accused in Scarlett Eden death case

Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown expressed shock at the verdict

Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown expressed shock at the verdict
Two local men accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving teenage girl Eden Keeling to die on Goa's beach in 2008 were acquitted by a children's court in Panaji.

Children's Court Judge Vandana Tendulkar acquitted D'Souza and of all the charges in the eight-year-long high profile death case.

and had been charged with not amounting to murder, and drugging.

The verdict was announced in a jam packed court hall.

Scarlett's mother expressed shock at the verdict.

"I am shocked. I was not expecting acquittal. I was expecting conviction. I will challenge the order," Fiona told reporters outside the court hall.

After her daughter's body was found, Fiona had lived in for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. She flew down to from Davon (UK) to be present in the court for the final verdict.

The filed its chargesheet in the case in 2010 after the probe was handed over to the central agency from Police on repeated pleas made by the Scarlett's family.

Police was accused of trying to hush up the case. The 15-year-old's bruised and semi-nude body was found at beach on Feburary 19 2008, following which the police had claimed it as a case of drowning, but later registered it as culpable homicide.

The case had grabbed international attention as citizens used to be the largest number of visiting Goa.

The investigating agency had charged of sexually abusing the girl and leaving her to die on coast while was accused of providing narcotics to her on the fateful day.

"I am relieved. Justice has finally prevailed," said while talking to reporters after the verdict.

The prosecution examined 31 witnesses, including the mother of the deceased during the trial.
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