Samson D'souza, arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Scarlette Keeling, was on Monday remanded in police custody for 14 days even as the girl’s family sought a CBI probe.
“The Goa police have consistently lied to Fiona MacKeown (Keeling’s mother) and she has little faith in them,” family lawyer Vikram Varma said. MacKeown said: “I have been saying all along this was rape and murder but the police publicly maintained it was an accidental death.” The family presented a letter to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat demanding a CBI investigation.
According to the police remand application, D'souza was with the teen till 5.15 am on February 18, the day her body was discovered on Anjuna beach. His flip-flops were found next to the body. An eyewitness Placido Carvalho has stated he saw D'souza lying half naked on top of Keeling.
In another blow to D'souza, British tourist Masala Mike (Michael Manyon), currently in Britain, has accused him for doing something bad to the girl — an argument overheard by another witness. Mike lived with D’Souza.
The remand application states D'Souza was seen with Keeling, Mike and Carvalho at Lui Bar on Anjuna beach at 3.30 am She was intoxicated, reads the statement of Carvalho, who has been detained by the court. Both he and Julio Lobo, Keeling’s boyfriend, who have been detained in the case, have applied for anticipatory bail.
Meanwhile, the police have ordered an ossification test on Keeling’s body to ascertain her age (her passport says 15), crucial to establish the rape case against D’Souza.