Scarlett’s mother suspects wider criminal conspiracy in murder

January 22nd, 2009 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 22 (IANS) Fiona McKeown, the feisty mother of a 15-year-old British girl who was raped and murdered on a Goa beach last year, says she suspects her daughter may have been involved in a drugs racket.She suspects “something bigger”, including the possibility that local criminals were grooming Scarlett Keeling to carry drugs, McKeown told The Guardian newspaper.

“People out there know what happened to Scarlett. Some people wouldn’t speak to me and I know people are frightened of the police,” she told the newspaper on the first anniversary of her daughter’s death.

“There must have been a reason. They generally don’t murder girls they rape. It’s not considered a serious crime over there and it’s very difficult to prove,” she said.

“They make it very difficult for women to see it through the courts. So, I think there has to be another reason to murder her.”

McKeown, whose daughter’s body is in a British morgue awaiting the outcome of a probe, said she is hopeful, now that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over the case - but also concerned.

“I just hope that there will be an outcome, but it is really hard having faith,” said McKeown, who has been back in Goa to do her own investigations, collecting names of people she believes the CBI should interview.

She told the daily she plans to return to Goa to commemorate Scarlett’s death and to again present her request for the release of entire organs taken without her knowledge during the two autopsies conducted on Scarlett.

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