Goa: Man jailed for 10 years over murder of British teen

An Indian court on Friday (July 19) sentenced a man to 10 years of rigourous imprisonment for culpable homicide and rape of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, in the resort state of Goa in 2008.

Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were accused of drugging and sexually abusing Scarlett Keeling, 15, after a party, leaving her to die in shallow seawater.

Vikram Verma, the lawyer for Keeling’s mother Fiona MacKeown, said D’Souza had received “10 years rigourous imprisonment” after being convicted of varying accounts including assault, destruction of evidence and not providing a safe environment to a child.

A court had earlier acquitted the two accused but the verdict was appealed and the Goa bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday (July 17) charged D’Souza on six counts, including culpable homicide not amounting murder and disappearance of evidence. Carvalho’s acquittal was upheld by the court.

Goa’s pristine beaches and laid back lifestyle have lured foreign backpackers and tourists for decades, but Keeling’s mysterious death threw an uncomfortable spotlight on the easy availability of drugs and risks to women travelling in India.

Her death on the popular Anjuna beach captured the attention of the Indian and British media and even inspired a Bollywood film.

(Production: ANI, Aiden Nulty)

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