10-year jail for Goa beach shack worker in Scarlett Keeling death case

PANAJI: The Bombay High Court on Friday sentenced beach shack worker Samson D’Souza to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment in the 2008 British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case.

10-year jail for Goa beach shack worker in Scarlett Keeling death case

Samson D’Souza, accused in the Scarlett Keeling murder case, leaves surrounded by policemen after being sentenced to ten year imprisonment by the Bombay High Court in Goa. AFP

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Panaji, July 19  

The Bombay High Court on Friday sentenced beach shack worker Samson D’Souza to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment in the 2008 British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case.

Scarlett was found dead with bruises on her body at Anjuna beach in Goa on February 18, 2008.

D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her.

The Goa Children’s Court acquitted both last year, but on appeal, the high court on Wednesday convicted D’Souza under IPC Sections 328 (for administrating drugs), 354 (outraging woman’s modesty), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and for child abuse under section 8(2) of the Goa Children’s Act.

Carvalho’s acquittal was upheld.

On Friday, the Goa Bench of the high court awarded D’Souza 10 years’ RI. — PTI

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