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More than one person behind killing Danielle: Victim's kin

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The family members of a British woman, found dead on a south beach last week, suspect the roles of more than one person in killing her, says the lawyer representing the victim's family.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Canacona) Sammy Tavares, however, maintained that it's a "handiwork of a single person," ruling out the role of a gang behind the crime.

28-year-old Briton Danielle McLaughling was found dead last Tuesday at an isolated stretch between Agonda and Canacona beaches.

Police has arrested one Vikas Bhagatm, 23 in connection with the case.

"The family members of Danielle say she was a strong girl and would have been able to defend herself from any attack by a single person," Vikram Varma, the lawyer representing the family of the British woman told PTI.

"The preliminary theory of the police is based on a confession and needs to be substantiated with forensic evidence," he said.

"As the police has not concluded its probe, I would not rule out the possibility of more persons being involved in the crime," said Varma, who was also assisting Fiona Mackowen, the mother of Scarlett Keeling, another British girl who was found dead in in 2008.

"Petty criminals often work in gangs and do have substantialskills in misleading people as well as the police. I do hope they do not succeed in this case," he said.

Tavares, meanwhile, said, "The police is conducting a thorough investigation in the case. It is a handiwork of a single person. There is no possibility of a gang doing it. We have gathered enough evidence."

The officer said the pieces of evidence, collected by the police, will ensure conviction of the accused in this case.

In a related development, the police has issued a no-objection certificate to the to fly Danielle's body to her native place.

"They are yet to fly the body back to the native place. The formalities are going on to do so," Tavares said.

The autopsy, conducted by a panel of doctors from Medical College and Hospital, confirmed that Danielle was strangulated to death.

The forensic examination had also confirmed that she was sexually abused before she was murdered.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 18:32 IST