10 March 2008
Man held over Goa rape of teenager. S DaSouza prime suspect
Man held over Goa rape of teenager.A 28-year-old man has been arrested by police in India in connection with the rape of Scarlett Keeling.Scarlett Keeling lived her with her mother and siblings in a smallholding in DevonSamson Da'Souza was detained after witnesses came forward alleging they saw him raping the 15-year-old from Devon on the beach at the resort of Anjuna in Goa on February 18.Inspector Kishan Kumar from Goa Police said: "This man was seen with the girl near to where her dead body was found. It was evidently clear this man was raping her."We have sufficient evidence to show this man was having sex with the girl in the early hours of February 18. We have established that he was raping her."Under the Indian legal system, Mr Da'Souza will have to appear in court in connection with the case within 24 hours and will make an appearance at a magistrates court in Mapusa on Monday.advertisementThe arrest came after a second post-mortem examination carried out on Miss Keeling's body after pressure from her mother Fiona MacKeown.Miss MacKeown, from Bideford, has spent the weeks since her death demanding an investigation and claiming that her daughter, who had 50 marks on her body, was murdered.Initially Indian police said the death was an accidental drowning but have now launched a murder investigation because the second post-mortem results showed she had been attacked.The results also found she did not have enough water in her lungs to have drowned. Other reports have said that three men are being questioned as part of the investigation. Police official Bosko George said the men were detained but have not been arrested or charged with any crime.Miss MacKeown was on a six-month holiday with her boyfriend, Miss Keeling and six other children in India when her daughter was attacked.The rest of the family were travelling in a nearby state and Miss Keeling had stayed with a tour guide in Anjuna when she was last seen at a bar in the resort.Miss MacKeown managed to find clothing from her daughter on the beach and had also taken witness statements in an attempt to find out what happened."It was our main objective to get the police or somebody to admit that she'd been murdered as I knew in my heart that she had been," Miss MacKeown said.Goa is popular with Western tourists but in the last few years there have been problems with tourists dying from drug overdoses and women especially being attacked and sexually assaulted.According to the Times Of India, 126 foreign people have died in Goa over the last two years and in January this year a 30-year-old British woman was raped.