Thursday, October 22, 2009

CBI chargesheet filed in Scarlett murder case

Panaji: After conducting investigations for over 16 months in the British teenager Scarlett Keeling’s murder case, the CBI on Wednesday filed a supplementary chargesheet against the accused before the children’s court paving the way for commencement of the trial.
On July 14 this year, the high court had kept the trial in abeyance while granting the CBI three months to file its supplementary report. The CBI had approached the high court after the children’s court had rejected its plea to keep the trial in abeyance last year on grounds that the Anjuna police had already filed a chargesheet against the accused — Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho — on May 31, 2008. Subsequently on October 14, 2009, the CBI approached the high court and got 10 days additional time to file the supplementary chargesheet.

The CBI has charged both the accused for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, outraging the modesty of a woman, causing hurt by means of drugs, destroying evidence, abetment and grave sexual assault.
In the chargesheet, the CBI has alleged that Samson was seen raping Scarlett at 5.30 am on February 18, 2008 behind Lui’s shack. After this, he took her to the beach and made her to lie in the ‘water line’.
CBI pointed out that Scarlett was initially seen intoxicated in front of Lui’s shack at 3 am on that night at Anjuna. She was taken to the kitchen by Samson with the intention of rape. Samson was seen carrying Ecstacy tablets from the shack’s bar counter to the kitchen. Placido Carvalho abetted Samson to commit the crime. Both made her sniff cocaine lines, the report states. CBI has revealed that after committing the offence, Samson left the victim at the place in a hurry and also his orange coloured chappals. Witnesses noticed his chappals and told him about it. Subsequently, the accused took away his chappals in the evening when he came at Lui’s shack, the chargesheet said.

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