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Scarlette's death: Many theories, doubts
Vicky Nanjappa | March 13, 2008 11:39 IST
Last Updated: March 13, 2008 13:16 IST
First a case of drowning, then rape and murder and now drug overdose -- the list of theories surrounding the death of British tourist Scarlette Keeling is endless. And even though the Goa [Images] police claims to have cracked the, doubts still linger on whether the cops have hushed up this case further.
If one looks closely at the manner in which the investigation has been conducted, it raises several doubts.
The prime witness in the case, Mike Mannion aka Masala, is yet to testify and the Goa police are still on the lookout for him. No murder case is complete without the testimony of a witness unless the police are planning to go ahead with the trial based on circumstantial evidence.
Has the Goa police come to the conclusion based on the interrogations conducted on Samson and Carvalho? Well if this is the case, then this can easily be challenged by the accused in the court of law, as a confession before the police is not valid under law.
Another question being raised is with regard to the scientific tests. There are so many indiscrepancies in the versions given out by the cops that this is surely going to raise a doubt in the mind of the court. The samples of viscera were first ordered to be sent to the Hyderabad Forensic Sciences Laboratory, but were later sent to Mumbai.
Another aspect that remains unexplained is the wounds on Scarlette's body. The Goa police first booked a case of rape against Samson D'souza after he claimed that he had consensual sex with Scarlette. Now the police say that she was sexually assaulted by Carvalho and could have died of drug over dose later.
Another strange aspect to the investigation is regarding Carvalho. He was picked up a couple of days back and then released. Now he has been made out to be the prime suspect in the case. The anticipatory bail applications filed by both Carvalho and another suspect, Julio Lobo, give more insights into the case.