Scarlett Keeling’s mother hopeful for justice ahead of court verdict

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Panaji | Published: September 20, 2016 3:32:30 PM

With three days left for the verdict in the eight-year-old Scarlett Keeling death case, the girl’s mother is hopeful of justice for her daughter.

Goa Children’s Court is likely to announce on September 23 its verdict in the Scarlett death case in which two local men –- Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho — have been charged with drugging the teenager and leaving her to die on Anjuna coast.

“It requires fine balance that the judge should do. It’s quiet complicated. It has been going on for so many years. It went through five judges and three public prosecutors. I am feeling nervous. It has been such a long time that I was waiting for this day,” Fiona, who flew to Goa from Davon, UK, for the final verdict, told PTI today.

Scarlett Keeling’s bruised semi-nude body was found on Anjuna beach on February 19, 2008.

The case was initially investigated by Goa Police and later handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“I have faith in the competence of CBI and I hope that the accused would be proved guilty,” Fiona said.

Scarelett’s 52-year-old mother is likely to wind up her India trip on September 26 and for the last time she intends to visit the Anjuna coast, where Scarlett’s corpse was found.

“I want to go there (Anjuna) and connect with my daughter. That may be my last trip to the coast whose dark memories still haunt me,” Fiona said.

After 16-year-old Scarlett’s body was found, Fiona had lived in Anjuna for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case.

“After the incident we stayed at Anjuna for couple of weeks but we were advised to move out from there considering the safety of our lives. The local goons were very active,” she alleged.

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