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Goa death mother on fraud charge

Fiona MacKeown
Fiona MacKeown is due at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court on 3 December

The mother of a British teenager whose body was found on a beach in Goa has been charged with falsely claiming nearly £20,000 in income support.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said Fiona MacKeown, 44, is accused of claiming £19,683.97 support while failing to declare other income.

The body of her daughter Scarlett Keeling, 15, was found on the beach at Anjuna, Goa, on 19 February 2008.

Ms MacKeown, of Bideford, is due before Barnstaple magistrates on 3 December.

The charge relates to the period 2 February 2005 to 10 March 2008 and includes the time when Ms MacKeown had taken a six-month family holiday with Scarlett to Goa.

During their time in the resort of Anjuna, Scarlett was left in the care of a 25-year-old tour guide while the rest of the family went travelling.

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

After Scarlett's body was found on the beach, Indian investigators said they suspected she had drowned.

Ms MacKeown fought for a second post-mortem examination which revealed evidence of attack injuries and India's Central Bureau of Investigation started a fresh investigation.

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

They have also been charged with assault with intent to outrage a woman's modesty and administering a stupefying drug with intent to harm.

Both are on bail.

Ms MacKeown has been told by Indian authorities that Scarlett's body will not be released until the end of the trial.

She hopes that an inquest in the UK will shed more light on how Scarlett died.



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