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Goa police files chargesheet in Keeling case

Anjuna police chargesheet Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho before the Goa Children's Court, charging them with murder.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2008 22:53 IST

Goa police on Tuesday, filed a chargesheet in a court against the two persons who were arrested for raping and murdering of British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling.

Anjuna police, which are investigating the case, chargesheeted Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho before the Goa Children's Court, charging them with murder.

Scarlett's bruised body was found at Anjuna shore on February 18 and police had arrested the two locals after a thorough investigation in the case.

The 287-page chargesheet submitted to the court has testimonies of 87 witnesses in the case including Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown, lawyer Vikram Varma, prime British witness Micheal Mannion, dismissed police sub-inspector Nerlon Albuquerque, Goa Medical College and Hospital's Forensic Department experts and others.

Both the accused are chargesheeted under Section 302 (murder) and other relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Section eight of Goa Children's Act.

The state police had come under fire for its initial bungling in its probe into the murder of Scarlet and is now in the process to hand it over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"The CBI may take over the case any time. All the formalities are completed," Goa Chief Secretary J P Singh told PTI.

Samson D'Souza, the main accused in the case, is already in custody for almost three months since his arrest on March 12.

Placido Carvalho was bailed out by the court for having insufficient evidence against him.

The state police have stopped investigating the case for the last one and half months since the state government has given its nod to transfer the case to CBI.