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British teenager rape, murder case: Victim's mother looks forward to justice

| Updated: Sep 23, 2016 18:53 IST

Panaji (Goa) [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): With the Goa Children's Court all set to pronounce its verdict in the 2008 rape and murder case of 15-year-old British teenager Scarlett Keeling, the victim's mother Fiona Mackeown today thanked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its probe into the matter and expressed hope that the perpetrators are brought to book. MacKeown, who is presently in Panaji to attend the final hearing in the case, expressed hope in the Indian judiciary and showered praise on the CBI for its efficient handling of the matter. "I think they (CBI) have done their best... Everything was so diluted because of the delays.I think they have done everything they can," she added. The 52-year-old British national further said that she would not have come back if she had no faith in the Indian judicial system. "I am glad there is a female judge and I think that makes a difference for me and the CBI has done everything they can," she added. Meanwhile, the victim's lawyer Vikram Varma also lauded the CBI and said the matter based on evidence available and eyewitnesses appears to be an absolute case of culpable homicide. "We are hoping for a verdict (in our favour) and there is a possibility that along with the verdict, if they are guilty, we may have sentencing also today," Varma said. "There have been problems in matters of homicide or culpable homicide. The court needs irrefutable evidence and when the evidence is destroyed by the accused or corrupt police officers then the court is always in dilemma on what basis there should be a conviction," he added. Stating that the CBI has done its best to gather whatever evidence was available, Varma said, "It is up to the court now to make a decision and based on this evidence is the absolute case of culpable homicide and probation of narcotics and the five sections of law for which the accused have been held." The matter will be taken up for hearing at 2: 30 p.m. today. The British teenager was raped and murdered on Anjuna beach in Goa in 2008 in which two beach shack workers Samson D'souza and Placido Carvalho have been accused of sexually assaulting her after giving her a cocktail of drugs and leaving her unconscious in the shallow waters. Her body was found in the early hours of February 19, 2008. (ANI)