Rape accused Goa MLA Monserratte subjected to psychiatric test

  • PTI, Panaji
  • Updated: May 08, 2016 18:02 IST
Arrested for allegedly “buying” and raping a 16-year-old girl, expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserratte underwent psychiatric tests on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserratte, arrested for allegedly “buying” and raping a 16-year-old girl, underwent psychiatric tests on Sunday, police said.

“The accused was taken for psychiatric examination at Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour near here last evening and again today where various tests were conducted,” a senior police official said on Sunday.

The legislator had undergone medical examination soon after his arrest three days ago

On Monday, the MLA will be produced before Goa Children’s Court, where police will seek an extension of his remand.

A senior police officer said the investigating agency has collected some evidence in connection with the case, including a blood-stained linen apparently used on the day of the alleged offence.

“The forensic examination would be conducted to check if the stains on the linen match the blood samples,” he said.

Meanwhile, a local court on Sunday remanded another accused Rosy Ferros, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly selling the girl to the MLA, in police custody for three days.

Rosy had surrendered before the Crime Branch on Saturday, following which she was placed under arrest and booked for trafficking along with the girl’s mother.

Monserratte was sent to police custody for allegedly “buying” and sexually exploiting the girl. The victim’s mother too was arrested.

The girl, in her statement to the police, had claimed she was sold by her mother to Monserratte in March for Rs 50 lakh. Ferros allegedly brokered the deal.

The MLA has denied the allegations claiming that he had sacked the victim from her job at his lifestyle store at Miramar beach in Goa for stealing cash.

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