Men go on trial for murder of Scarlett Keeling in Goa

Two years after the murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling two men finally face charges in court

When Scarlett Keeling’s dead body was found on a beach in Goa, it made headlines around the world. Now, over two years later, two men prepare to go on trial for the murder of the 15-year-old British teenager.

Samson D’Souza, 30, and Placide Carvalho, 42, are facing charges of culpable homicide, sexual assault, outraging modesty and destroying evidence.

It follows a long a desperate campaign by Scarlett’s mother, Fiona MacKeown, for a full investigation into her daughter’s death after police initially said she’d drowned.

Scarlett, from Bideford, Devon, had been enjoying a six-month holiday to India with her family when her semi-naked body was found on a beach in Goa in February 2008.

Following a series of post-mortem examinations, it was revealed that the teenager was intoxicated with drugs and alcohol at the time of her death, and was attacked, raped and may have drowned.

President of the court, B P Deshpande, heard that the first 10 witnesses will offer details on how Scarlett’s body was found on the Anjuna beach.

The trail is predicted to go on until the end of the year, with statements from 72 witnesses.

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