It has been eight years since 15-year-old Devon-based teenager Scarlett Keeling’s badly bruised and half-naked body was found on Goa’s popular Anjuna beach where she was holidaying with her family. The reason for the judgment is not yet released by the Goa court.
At that time, two Indian men Carvalho, 48, and D'Souza, 37 faced charges of grievous sexual assaults and culpable homicide at Goa’s Children Court. But now Carvalho and D’Souza have been cleared of all charges.
Scarlett’s mother Fiona MacKeown says she is devastated about the verdict that came after “eight years of agony” and is now ready to challenge the verdict.
An emotional MacKeown also added that the Indian judicial system has “totally let me down".
Scarlett Keeling was enjoying at a Valentine’s Day beach party in Goa alone without the rest of her family. Next morning – 18th February 2008 - police found Scarlett’s bruised and half-naked body on Anjuna beach. At the beginning, Goa police concluded that the teenager died an accidental death and dismissed it but after her family campaigned, they conducted another post mortem in March 2008 and concluded that Scarlett was drugged and raped and then drowned.
It is reported that the British teenager suffered 50 separate injuries in the brutal attack.