Fiona will testify in Scarlett murder case: Lawyer
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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 fraud.

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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