Man jailed for ten years for Scarlett Keeling murder in Goa

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Scarlett Keeling's bruised and half-naked body was found on Anjuna beach, Goa, in 2008 (REUTERS)

A man has been jailed for the drugging and death of a 15-year-old British girl whose body was found on a Goa beach in 2008.

The Bombay High Court held D’Souza guilty on five counts of drugging, raping and murdering 15-year old Scarlett Keeling on north Goa’s Anjuna beach over 11 years ago.

Judges handed Samson D’Souza a 10-year jail sentence for culpable homicide.

Samson D'Souza, one of two Indian defendants in the case, was sentenced to 10 years in jail (GETTY)

It comes days after overturning his acquittal last year for the attack on the schoolgirl.

Vikram Varma, a lawyer representing Scarlet’s mother Fiona MacKeown, said he was happy with the court’s decision.

He said: “It has taken a lot of time but justice has been done.”

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The girl’s mother, Fiona MacKeown, 55, from Holsworthy, Devon, had been fighting for justice since her 15-year-old daughter’s bruised and half-naked body was found in February 2008.

Two local men were charged with her rape and murder but acquitted in 2016.

D’Souza was convicted on Wednesday of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder, after Ms MacKeown urged the authorities to appeal and the case was sent to a higher court.

Ms Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown, speaks to media media as she leaves the Childrens Court in Panaji on September 23, 2016 (GETTY)

Ms Keeling travelled to India on a six-month family holiday with her mother and six of her eight brothers and sisters from their home in Bideford, Devon.

She attended a Valentine’s Day beach party while her family went travelling but she was raped and deliberately drowned after being plied with drugs.

D’Souza and another suspect, Placido Carvalho, who worked at a nearby beach shack, were arrested along with a third man who was questioned over supplying drugs.

A first post-mortem examination ruled Scarlett died of accidental drowning - but Ms Mackeown pressured Indian authorities to carry out another postmortem, which revealed she was raped and murdered.

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