Beach bailiff who raped and killed Scarlett Keeling for a ten-year prison sentence
The man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old British schoolgirl in an Indian resort has been sentenced to 10 years in prison today.
The crushed and half-naked body of Scarlett Keeling was found on the shores of Anjuna Beach in Goa in February 2008.
Earlier this week, Samson D & # 39; Souza, 36, was found guilty of five charges at the Bombay Supreme Court.
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Samson D & # 39; Souza (photo of leaving the court after he was acquitted in 2016) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling (left)
Scarlett suffered 50 injuries during her attack and was found partially clothed on Anjuna beach during the & # 39; vacation of a lifetime & # 39; with her family in February 2008
The prosecutor had hoped to receive a life sentence for D & Souza, but the defense argued that his term should be reduced because he is the only earning member of his family and the father of a 12-year-old girl.
& # 39; Ten years is an appropriate punishment for anyone who indulges in child abuse of this gravity, & # 39; said Vikram Varma, a lawyer for MacKeown.
Special prosecutor Eijaz Khan looked for the maximum period and opposed any leniency, arguing that D & # 39; Souza should have protected the minor.
& # 39; Instead, they gave her drugs and drink and finally let her die on the beach without informing anyone, & # 39; said the prosecutor.
Khan also sought compensation for Keeling's mother for the & # 39; severe hardship and pain caused to her in a foreign country & # 39 ;.
Fiona MacKeown has been fighting for justice since her daughter Scarlett was killed.
Two local men were accused of rape and murder, but acquitted in 2016.
After Ms. MacKeown, 55, urged the authorities to appeal and the case was sent to a higher court, beachshack employee D & # 39; Souza (36) was convicted of sexual abuse of the girl and of & # Culpable manslaughter that does not amount to murder & # 39 ;.
Her mother, Fiona MacKeown, had to campaign for a second post-mortem with her daughter – proving that she had been drugged and raped
Mrs. MacKeown said after the sentence this week: & I am actually still reeling. I can't quite believe it will be over.
& # 39; It happened. It takes time to immerse that this is finally over.
& # 39; Our life has been put on hold, well for me. It is different for the children. They started their lives growing up. But it has been traumatic.
& # 39; When I go to India, they always worry about what will happen to me.
& # 39; We will certainly be celebrating tonight with a bottle of bubbles. & # 39;
D & # 39; Souza, who was initially familiar with the allegations of rape and murder but later claimed that the police tortured him in it, was called alongside Placido Carvalho, 47, who was acquitted today.
Both were taken to court in 2016 and both were acquitted, so the Central Office of Investigation filed an appeal.
Scarlett & # 39; s drowned and battered body, which had sustained 50 injuries during her attack, was found partially clothed on Anjuna beach while in February 2008 with her family on the & # 39; vacation of a lifetime & # 39; used to be.
Scarlett & # 39; s mother Fiona has been fighting for her justice for 11 years, from the moment the police claimed that her death was an accident in 2008.
Mrs. MacKeown had to wait four years for her daughter to be buried because continued delays in the trial would not allow her body to be returned home to Bideford in Devon.
She believed the police were trying to hide her daughter's death.
The Scarlett family was on vacation and had spent two months in a seaside town in Goa before moving further along the coast to Karnataka.
Her mother sent her back to Goa for a Valentine's party in the care of friend Julio Lobo, 25.
But it was during her stay with Mr. Lobo that one evening she went out with a friend and never returned.
As soon as Mrs. MacKeown found out that her daughter was dead, she called the police, but she thought she didn't help.
It was up to Mrs. MacKeown to find her daughter's panties, shorts and broken sandals that lay on the beach she had washed up after the police supposedly searched the area for evidence.
In an interview with the Guardian in 2009 she said: & # 39; I immediately knew they were hers. I recognized her underwear. I recognized her sandals with the imprint of her feet in them.
& # 39; One of them was broken, so I knew there had been some sort of struggle. The shock. I remember it tingling my fingertips. & # 39;
Placido Carvalho (left, leaving court in 2016) was also accused of Scarlett & # 39; s rape and murder but was acquitted
It was also up to Mrs. MacKeown to carry out a second post-mortem complaint on her daughter's body after the police claimed it was not marked at the beginning.
How Scarlett's death led her brother & # 39; to kill an overdose after years of blaming herself & # 39;
A court hearing after Halloran Richard Keeling, 28, was found dead in temporary accommodation after taking an overdose of morphine.
A coroner said there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he intended to take his own life.
But outside of the hearing, Mother of Nine Fiona MacKeown said her eldest child had not received the cruel rape and murder of Scarlett Keeling in India in 2008.
Halloran had to go on a family vacation to Goa, where Scarlett was found dead 11 years ago, but could not have arranged his passport in time.
Their mother said that Halloran felt directly responsible because he believed he would protect her from damage if he had been traveling.
She said that he had mental health problems at an early age and had received an overdose several times, but he was traumatized about what had happened to Scarlett.
She said: & # 39; He was very close to Scarlett. He couldn't have done anything and was not to blame for it, but he did not accept that.
& # 39; He just felt that if he had been there he could have taken care of her. He wanted to travel to Goa but could not get a passport in time.
& # 39; He never mentioned the death of his sister. He was not stable at the time and blamed himself for his mental health.
& # 39; He thought that if he had arranged his passport, he could have taken care of her. He tried to block it with overdoses.
& # 39; He feels that if he had been there he could have protected her. He felt hopeless. The whole thing is so painful. He would regularly take an overdose at my home. & # 39;
After the second autopsy, the police reported that Scarlett had ecstasy, cocaine and LSD in her system and that she had been raped before she drowned.
When Mrs. MacKeown started to identify Scarlett's body, she noticed it was covered with bruises.
She says that when she asked a policeman for a bruise on Scarlett & # 39; s head, she was told that it happened after she died when she hit her head on some sand while floating in the sea.
Mrs. MacKeown took photos of her daughter's body so that she had evidence of the traces.
The original investigating officer of the case was suspended after the allegation that the police had concealed Scarlett's death.
The same officer was suspended in 2005 when he reportedly tried to categorize a murder as a suicide.
Ms. MacKeown also believes that the police did not collect any crucial evidence from the scene and allowed other essential data to be manipulated or destroyed – Curlies beach shack, where D & Souza worked, was removed after Scarlett's death .
Not only did MacKeown fight against the police, she was also taken to court in India on charges of child neglect, which was canceled because she had let Scarlett attend the Valentine's Day party.
D & # 39; Souza found guilty of assault, child abuse, destruction of evidence and the provision of drugs to Scarlett, according to the India Times.
Both he and Carvalho were acquitted earlier in 2016, but the Central Bureau for Investigation (CBI) appealed the judgment.
In court, the Prosecution claimed that the two men were working in a hut on the beach and had given Scarlett drugs before raping her.
Mrs. MacKeown had to wait four years before she could bury her daughter because persistent delays in the trial would not allow her body to return home to Bideford in Devon.
Earlier this year, when it seemed as if the person responsible for Scarlett's death would be free, Mrs. MacKeown said: “The whole thing is ridiculed from start to finish.
& # 39; I feel like they hope that we will leave again after 11 years. If it ends tomorrow, Scarlett has failed.
Fiona Mackeown and her lawyer Vikram Verma speak to the media as they leave a police station near Anjuna beach in 2008
D & # 39; Souza first admitted the allegations of rape and murder brought against him, but later claimed that he had been tortured by the police
& # 39; I'm afraid it will never be resolved, but I will never stop hoping. I can't think her murderers might never be found. Her killers are still walking the streets.
& # 39; I just want everything to be over and someone to be held responsible. We want to continue our life.
& # 39; It has dominated our lives, but we have all tried to go further. I will be devastated if it is after tomorrow. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; We just want justice, but I don't know what else we can do. Scarlett's name is dragged through the mud.
& # 39; The CBI does not take this seriously. This is a big part of our lives and we just want justice for what happened to her. We all miss her every day.
& # 39; Scarlett deserves more than this. If it falls, Scarlett has failed. & # 39;
Fiona added that she does not know where to turn for her justice if the Supreme Court chooses to end a trial this week, but she will never & # 39; give up hope & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Goa is a popular tourist location and dangerous, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The people who did it are dangerous. & # 39;
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