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Fiona will testify in Scarlett murder case: Lawyer

Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 21:48

Panaji: Fiona Mackeown, the mother of slain
British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling, will come to India to
assist the prosecution in her daughter`s murder case as her
sentence has been suspended for two years by a United Kingdom
court, her lawyer said on Thursday.

"Fiona is ready to come to India and assist the court as
soon as date for her deposition is fixed," her lawyer Vikram
Varma said.
Fiona`s presence for the trial was uncertain after she
was sentenced eight months imprisonment for alleged benefit

The British court has suspended Fiona`s sentence for two
years and has not barred her from visiting India, Varma said.

A juvenile court in Goa is hearing the murder case of
Scarlett, who was found dead at Anjuna shore on February 18,
2008. Two locals -? Samson D`Souza and Placido Carvalho --
have been booked for allegedly drugging, sexually abusing and
leaving the British teenager to die on the beach.

The court, which is now on vacation, is hearing the case
thrice a week. The case proceedings will begin in first week
of June after the court meets post-vacation.
Varma said Fiona`s testimony is very crucial in this
case. "She was supposed to arrive in India on April 15 but had
to cancel her trip as cyclonic ash had jeopardised the entire
air travel in UK," he added.


First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 21:48
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