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Two charged over Scarlett death

Scarlett Keeling
Scarlett was on a six-month family holiday to India when she died

Two men have been charged over the death of a Devon teenager in Goa.

The body of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling from Bideford was found on a beach in Anjuna in February 2008.

Samson D'Souza, 28, and Placido Carvalho, who is in his 30s, have both been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

They have also been charged with intent to outrage a woman's modesty, administering a drug with intent to harm and destruction of evidence.

The men, who appeared in court in India to be formally charged, have both been bailed.

'Extremely disappointed'

Scarlett and her family were on a six-month holiday in India when she was left in the care of a 25-year-old tour guide while the rest of her family went travelling.

When her body was discovered, Goan police said her death was an accidental drowning.

It was only after a sustained campaign by Scarlett's mother, Fiona MacKeown, that a second post-mortem examination was carried out which revealed evidence of attack injuries.

Fiona MacKeown
Scarlett's mother, Fiona MacKeown, said she plans to attend the trial

On hearing of the charges, Ms MacKeown told the BBC she was "extremely disappointed" that the men had not been charged with murder.

She said she was in the process of contacting her India-based lawyer to talk through developments in the case.

Ms MacKeown intends to fly to India for the trial which she is hoping will be held in Goa.

In July India's Central Bureau of Investigation was granted three months to investigate the case and file its charges.

However, last week the agency asked for a further 10 days to appear before the court with the charges.

It was given the case following accusations that the Goa police were trying to cover it up.



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