Fiona fails to appear before authorities
British national Fiona Mackeown, who was summoned by Goa's women and child welfare department, failed to appear before the authorities.Updated: Sep 12, 2008, 12:41 IST
British national Fiona Mackeown, who was summoned by Goa's women and child welfare department, failed to appear before the authorities on Friday, citing that the notice issued was inadequate to make alternative arrangements for safety and care of her children.
"My client is a single mother of seven minor children and her presence in England with her children is essential for their care and safety," Fiona's legal counsel Vikram Varma said moving an application before the authority this morning.
Fiona's teenage daughter Scarlett Eden Keeling was found dead on Goa's beach on February 18 following which two locals were arrested for drugging, raping and leaving her to die on the beach.
Utt Goenkara, a local NGO, had filed an application before the women and child welfare department to prosecute Fiona under Goa Children's Act as she had allegedly neglected Scarlett by leaving her with another male on the day of her death.