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Second man in court over Goa girl

Scarlett Keeling
Scarlett was last seen alive at a beach bar

A second man arrested over the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa has appeared in court accused of involvement in her murder.

Placido Carvalho is being investigated over the drugging, rape and murder of Miss Keeling, but has not been charged.

He was remanded in custody for 14 days to give police more time to quiz him.

Police say they now believe Miss Keeling, 15, of Bideford, Devon, was drugged and raped before being left for dead on a beach in the Indian resort.

Mr Carvalho was detained on Wednesday after giving himself up voluntarily.

His detention came two days after another man, Samson D'Souza, 28, had been charged with raping Miss Keeling.

The administration tried its best to hush up the death as a simple case of drowning
Fiona MacKeown, Scarlett's mother

Mr D'Souza appeared in court in Mapusa, Goa, on Monday and was remanded into custody for 14 days.

The two arrests came after police had said initially that Miss Keeling drowned.

Miss Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown, has criticised the police handling of the case, which she says remains unsolved, despite the two arrests.

In a statement released through her lawyer, the 43-year-old said: "The arrest of two low-level persons, to my mind, is certainly not a completion of the investigations."

Inspector Kishan Kumar
Inspector Kishan Kumar said Miss Keeling was raped and dumped

Her lawyer, Vikram Varma, said on Thursday that he expected further arrests in connection with the rape and murder.

He said: "I have been told the police will be arresting more people."

Miss Keeling's naked and battered body was found on a beach in Anjuna three weeks ago.

The inspector general of police in Goa, Kishan Kumar, denied any cover up over the cause of death, but said one of his officers had been suspended and an inquiry was under way into his actions in the case.

'Hushed up' death

Ms MacKeown is waiting for a response from India's prime minister to her claims there was a police cover-up.

In a letter to Manmohan Singh, Ms MacKeown said: "I have no faith in the leadership of the Goa police.

"The administration tried its best to hush up the death as a simple case of drowning."

Mr Kumar said once the police investigation had come to a conclusion about the rape and murder "we will look into other aspects".

That could include the possible neglect of the teenager, said Mr Kumar.

Ms MacKeown had left her daughter at the resort with a friend while the rest of the family travelled further afield.

Ms MacKeown, who has denied neglecting her daughter, said: "I think I was probably naive and too trusting of the people around her that claimed to be her friends, but that was probably the worst thing I have done."

Ms MacKeown was on a six-month holiday with her boyfriend, Scarlett and six other younger children.

'Missing money'

In a separate development another British woman has accused police in Goa of covering up the death of her boyfriend.

Rosalind Sheherlis, from London, said she believed her partner Martin Neighbour was murdered in a dispute over card game winnings.

Mr Neighbour, 39, was found on 3 February on the beach at Arambol, about eight miles from Anjuna. He had been due to marry Ms Sheherlis on 8 March.

The official cause of his death was given as drowning, but Ms Sheherlis said cuts and bruises on Mr Neighbour's body, and the fact that some of his money was missing, suggests that he was attacked.

She claims local police pressured her into signing a coroner's report describing the death as "not homicide" and made numerous errors in the investigation.




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Placido Carvalho being lead away from court



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