Scarlet case: Trial will reveal cover-ups, says lawyer

Panaji: Trial in the British teenager Scarlet Eden Keeling death case would uncover further details on the cover-ups attempted after the incident, Counsel for Fiona Mackeown, mother of the girl, said on Monday.

Goa Children’s Court earlier in the day framed charges against two locals -- Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho -- for grave sexual assault, molestation, destroying evidence and culpable homicide in the case.

The teenager's bruised semi-nude corpse was found at Anjuna shore on February 18, 2008.

Mackeown had alleged that the police were trying to cover up the case.

"The trial hopefully would uncover further details on the cover up which is a larger crime," Varma, Fiona’s counsel, said.

The considerable evidence in this case was destroyed or manipulated by diabolical minds, he said, adding, "however, those minds were not as successful as they thought they would be".

"I am happy that charges have been framed against the accused," he said.

Court president B P Deshpande today directed to begin the trial in the case, which had attracted world attention due to alleged shoddy handling by the Goa police in its initial stage and subsequent campaign by Fiona claiming police-drug peddler nexus in the state.