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Fiona for third forensic test

The mother of slain British girl Scarlett Eden Keeling says that she would get a third forensic examination done on her daughter's body in UK.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2008 15:38 IST

Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British girl Scarlett Eden Keeling on Thursday said that she would get a third forensic examination done on her daughter's body in UK.

"I have been advised by my friends to get the examination conducted as I may uncover some forensic evidence in that," Fiona told PTI outside the Goa Medical College and the hospital morgue, where she had come to collect the body along with her lawyer.

"It will be a detailed forensic examination which will run for three weeks," Fiona, accompanied by her lawyer Vikram Varma, said.

However, she did not elaborate on further details about the hospital where the examination would be conducted and said, "It's somewhere in England."

Scarlett's body was taken to Mumbai earlier in the day, 37 days after she was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18.

Goa state authorities have already conducted two forensic examinations on the teenager's body and two locals --- barman Samson D'Souza and alleged drug dealer Placido Carvalho have been arrested for drugging and raping her before leaving Scarlett to die on the beach.

Fiona still remains skeptical about the tests in India and raised questions on as to why the viscera was preserved for so long and withheld from sending for examination either to Hyderabad or Mumbai.

"Will the reports from viscera sent for examination after such a huge delay be accurate?" she asked. Also, Fiona concedes that the UK examination report may not have any relevance for the Indian investigators. "But I will do it for my satisfaction," she said.