Scarlett Keeling case: Lost faith in Indian judicial system, says victim’s mother

MacKeown said, "I don't have faith in the justice system here to give us justice, anymore. I had some hope in CBI but it is clear that either they are incompetent or corrupt and I believe they are not incompetent."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2016 7:27 pm
Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown Scarlett Keeling’s mother, Fiona MacKeown

Hours after a Goa court acquitted both the accused in the Scarlett Keeling rape and murder case on Friday, Keeling’s mother, Fiona MacKeown, lamented that she has lost her faith in the Indian judicial system. She blamed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), accusing them of being either incompetent or corrupt. MacKeown is presently in Panaji, Goa.

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MacKeown said, “I don’t have faith in the justice system here to give us justice, anymore. I had some hope in CBI but it is clear that either they are incompetent or corrupt and I believe they are not incompetent.”

She further added, “If international tourist comes to Goa and gets murdered, they have no hope for justice in this system.”

After her daughter’s body was found, Fiona had lived in Anjuna for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. She flew down to Goa from Davon (UK) to be present in the court for the final verdict.

Scarlet was allegedly raped and murdered on Anjuna beach 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 later found in the early hours of February 19, 2008. Keeling’s family comes from Bideford in southwest England.

Carvalho and Samson had been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, sexual abuse and drugging.

with PTI inputs