Goa rape case: Police says British woman was raped before murder

Another senior police officer said the woman was hit on head with a beer bottle by the accused, who he said has "confessed to the crime."

By: PTI | Panaji | Published: March 16, 2017 8:03 pm
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The 28-year-old British woman who was found dead near a beach in south Goa on Tuesday was raped before she was murdered, a police officer said Thursday, citing the postmortem report. The autopsy conducted by a panel of doctors of the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has confirmed the woman was sexually assaulted before she was throttled, according to the police. The disrobed body of the woman, who had a British passport, was found at an isolated spot near a beach in Devbag village, located about 80 kilometres from Panaji, on Tuesday.

According to police, her face was smashed by the accused apparently to conceal her identity. “The cause of death was compression of neck and the cerebral damage after she was hit on head with a beer bottle. The autopsy has confirmed that she was raped before murder,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Canacona) Sammy Tavares told PTI.

Police had yesterday arrested Vikas Bhagat, a local history-sheeter, in connection with the murder. He was remanded in seven-day judicial custody by a local court. Tavares said there was a scuffle between Bhagat and the woman before she was murdered.

Another senior police officer said the woman was hit on head with a beer bottle by the accused, who he said has “confessed to the crime.”

“Police have traced a bag filled with clothes of the deceased, which was found dumped in an open space in Canacona after the murder.

“We have also found the broken beer bottle, which was reportedly used to kill her, from the bag,” he said.

The woman had been holidaying in south Goa since her arrival in the coastal state on February 23.

Police said she was seen playing Holi with locals in Canacona, hours before her corpse was found.

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    Kannaiah
    Mar 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    SWISSma Swaraj "Safety and Security of Indians all over the world is top priority of MEA"lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In fact all countries should wage war on India!
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      Kannaiah
      Mar 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm
      Venkiah Naidu condemned Srinivas Kutchibotla's killing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now will he condemn this rape and murder? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Or is he going to say RAPISTAN IS FOR RAPISTS, POLITICAL AS WELL!
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        Adrian Akau
        Mar 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm
        British women must be warned about going to India, especially Goa which, for some reason, seems to draw rapists like chili to flies. Their families may not expect justice if they are raped and killed because the judicial system of Goa seems to take a prejudicial view of protecting its own citizens from charges of rape and murder.
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          ams
          Mar 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm
          Foreign women should not be travelling to India if not on business trips. Even if you are on business trip, do not travel in India alone.
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            Ram
            Mar 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm
            Time to test and see if India has a functioning justice system. Don't worry about the US and Europe, there is a justice system that will treat all equal, ensuring safety of all to the maximum extent possible. Alas, India, cannot guarantee safety to its own women, I don't understand why people from my country, Britain, still venture in to Goa in truckloads. Friendliness of women is misconstrued, raped and killed is a common thing in India. Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey - all offer sun, safety, hygiene, fun all year round. Spain has gone a little more expensive of late due to Euro, is it worth for the women to travel to India??
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