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Scarlett Keeling murder: Defence lawyer says act against mother for negligence

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Sep 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Paji, Sept 28: Less than a week after British teen Scarlett Keeling’s mother Fio Mackeown blamed probe agencies and an inconsiderate system for acquitting two Goa beach shack workers in her daughter’s 2008 rape-murder, a lawyer for accused Placido Carvalho wants the mother to be acted against for negligence.

Advocate Pravin ik, who has represented Carvalho in course of the trial, has also said that action should be taken against Fio, claiming her statement to the media on Friday (September 23), on the day Carvalho and fellow accused Samson D’Souza were acquitted, where she said that foreigners do not get justice in Goa, was blatantly incorrect.

He also pointed out to the sequence of events before Scarlett’s death, brought on record in course of the trial, where Fio left her 15-year-old daughter in the care of one Julio Lobo, in Siolim village, before heading for Gokar in the neighbouring state of Kartaka with her other children.

“So how she can keep the custody of a minor girl with a stranger, very well knowing the fact that the person with whom the custody was kept was used to alcohol. So there was complete negligence on part of the mother of the deceased to take care of the custody of the child and as far as the investigation is concerned. Based on the evidence on record, there is clear evidence that the mother of the deceased girl was negligent in taking care of the child,” he said. Following the order, Fio as well as her lawyer Vikram Varma alleged that it was difficult for foreigners to get justice in Goa, especially when the crime is committed by locals.

ik now wants the State government to take cognisance of Fio’s statement.

ik also said that Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who on Friday said that the outcome of the trial was “unfortute”, should read the contents of the order, before making such statements.

“My appeal to the honourable Chief Minister is kindly look at the evidence on record,” he said. (IANS)

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