Scarlett`s mother deposes before Goa court
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Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010, 22:37
Panaji: Two and half years after her daughter Scarlett Eden Keeling was found dead on a Goa beach, Fiona Mackeown on Friday narrated the deposed before a court here narrating the sequence events in the run up to and post-death.

Fiona, in her deposition before Goa Children's Court, reiterated that police sub inspector Nerlon Albuquerque had initially tried to cover up the case.

"He (Nerlon Albuquerque) told me that she (Scarlett) had drowned during swimming. Scarlett was very good in swimming and so I did not believe him," Fiona told GCC president P V Sawaikar.

In her two-hour deposition, the British mother said that when she saw Scarlett's body in the morgue, she had noticed bruises on her forehead, which were ignored by the sub inspector as marks received during post-mortem.

"On February 19, 2008, they showed me the body which was covered. When the cover was removed, the body was naked and there were some bruises on the forehead," she said.

Fiona said that at that time she had asked Albuquerque about the bruises on the forehead as he had told her previously that there were no bruises.

"He told me that the said bruises were received during mortem," she said.

Scarlett's corpse was found on Anjuna shore on February 18. The British school girl was alone in Goa, with her mother and other siblings out on Karnataka tour, when the incident happened.

Albuquerque was suspended from services for goofing up the case.

Fiona said that two days later, when she went around the place where Scarlett's body was found, she was surprised to see her daughter's sandals, underwear and shorts.

She said she had consulted foreign office when she saw Scarlett's belongings.

"They advised me to take it to the police as it was an important evidence," she recalled.

During the deposition, Fiona said that initially she had suspected an Israeli boy named Shanti to be involved in the death of her daughter.

"Initially, I suspected Shanti," she said narrating the moments soon after it was confirmed that Scarlett was dead.

Fiona, however, rejected the charge that Shanti was threatening the family. "He was a nuisance and he used to throw stones at us," she said.

Shanti was reportedly friendly with Scarlett before she met Julio Lobo, a Goan boy.

"Scarlett had planned to go to Finland with Julio. We had discussion about the same and I had agreed to send her to Finland with him," Fiona said.

Fiona would be further cross-examined on Monday.


First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 22:37

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