British police to examine Scarlette Keeling’s body

April 3rd, 2008 - 3:05 pm ICT by admin  


London, April 3 (IANS) British police are to conduct a third post-mortem later Thursday on the body of teenager Scarlette Keeling, who was found raped and murdered on a beach in Goa. A forensic post-mortem on the 15-year-old was due to take place in Exeter, a town in southeast England, police said.

“Devon and Cornwall Police are not carrying out a criminal investigation into Scarlett’s death,” Detective Inspector Dave Atkinson said.

“The aim of the post-mortem is to establish identity and cause of death to satisfy the coroner. We have also appointed a family liaison officer to support Scarlette’s family if they wish it,” he added.

Scarlette’s body was brought back to Britain this week by her mother Fiona MacKeown, who has been battling authorities in Goa over the cause of her daughter’s murder.

MacKeown, who claims Scarlette was the victim of a “nexus” between drug dealers, policemen and politicians, forced Goa police to conduct a second post-mortem after the first ruled drowning was the cause of her death in February.

The second autopsy said Scarlette had been raped and murdered, prompting police to make two arrests.

At a press conference at her home at West Lodge Caravan Park near Meddon, North Devon, MacKeown said Wednesday she wanted a third test carried out in case forensic results from the two earlier post mortems were conflicting.

She also called for the guilty to be punished.

“I hope the India police are prosecuted for lying from the beginning. The police system is so corrupt when the press pressure dies down they will start messing about with the forensic results,” she said.

In a touching revelation, she said Scarlette had unwittingly left instructions for her own funeral in a school essay.

“She wrote that when she died she wanted a party for people to celebrate her life and not her death. She could not have known it would come so soon.

“I want to read it out at her funeral as I think it says it all.”

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