In a further embarrassment for Goa police, one of the two suspects in the Scarlette Keeling murder was given bail because of lack of evidence — despite the police’s claim that they had “cracked” the case.
The family of the British teenager, found dead on Anjuna beach on February 18, views this as further proof of a botched inquiry. The CBI has taken over the case.
“I can’t believe Carvalho got bail,” said Keeling’s mother, Fiona MacKeown. “Hopefully the CBI will get us justice; the Goa police have failed to give me that.”
BI had reported on March 13, when Carvalho first appeared in court, that his wife had hysterically shouted outside that they had paid the police to ensure he was not arrested.
Releasing Carvalho on a surety of Rs 25,000, Goa Children’s Court President Desmond D’Costa said: “Even after 23 days of detention of the accused, there is mo prima facie material against him.”
Defence lawyer, Peter D’Souza said there was no proof of Carvalho drugging Scarlette. “I argued that she had taken cocaine voluntarily.”
The Goa police still maintain there was no problem with their investigation. “The probe was fine,” said SP Bosco George.