10 years jail for beach shack worker in Scarlett Keeling death case

British teenager Scarlett Keeling Murder Case

British teenager Scarlett Keeling Murder Case

Panaji: The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday sentenced shack worker Samson D'Souza to 10 years imprisonment in the case of rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in 2008.

The teenager's death caused outrage among the millions of tourists who throng the beaches of the resort city on India's west coast.

It comes 11 years after the victim's mother had to plead with police to investigate the death of her daughter, Scarlett Keeling, after they blamed it on drug taking.

Mumbai High Court Justices R D Dhanuka and Prithviraj Chavan handed Samson D'Souza the sentence for culpable homicide on Friday, days after overturning his acquittal a year ago in the attack on Scarlett Keeling.

Keeling's bruised and half-naked body was found in shallow water on Anjuna beach in Goa in February 2008.

The case was taken over by federal police who accused D'Souza and Carvalho of plying Keeling with a cocktail of drink and illegal drugs, including cocaine, before leaving her to die by dumping her unconscious in shallow water where she drowned.

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Neither of the final pair were ever under any pressure from the chasing pack as they dropped further back in the rough conditions. Whoever gets to do it, they will be called a champion". "This feels like an out-of-body experience", said the 32-year-old.

"In addition to seeking a very severe punishment, I seek that the victim may be compensated adequately".

Prosecutor Ejaz Khan highlighted that Section 8 (II) of the Goa Children's Act, under which D'Souza had been found guilty, had a provision for a life sentence. The other accused Carvalho, however, was acquitted for lack of evidence.

"Ten years is an appropriate punishment for anyone indulging in child abuse of this gravity", Vikram Varma, a lawyer for MacKeown, told AFP.

D'Souza was convicted on Wednesday of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder, after Ms MacKeown urged the authorities to appeal and the case was sent to a higher court.

D'Souza and prosecutors can still appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court, and prosecutors can still appeal the acquittal of the second suspect as well.

Bhobe argued that his client did not have criminal antecedents and that he has cooperated with the trial at every stage. "He has a wife and a child, who is now 12-years-old and school-going and D'Souza is the only earning member of his family and he should be given a chance to reform himself", he said.

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