In an exclusive interview with ITV News West Country, the mother of a North Devon teenager killed in India is demanding a fresh investigation into what she says was the murder of her daughter.
Sunday will be the fifth anniversary of Scarlett Keeling's death. Two men are on trial for lesser charges similar to manslaughter and sexual offences but Fiona MacKeown says Scarlett was killed on a beach in Goa, and has no faith that the much delayed trial will reach the truth. Seth Conway reports.
In an interview with ITV News West Country, the mother of Scarlett Keeling - the North Devon teenager killed in India - is demanding a fresh investigation into what she says was the murder of her daughter.
Sunday will be the fifth anniversary of Scarlett's death. Two men are on trial for lesser charges similar to manslaughter. But Fiona MacKeown says Scarlett was murdered on a beach in Goa and has no faith that the much-delayed trial will reach the truth.
She says a pathologist's report proved that Scarlett died after being held underwater, and did not drown merely because she had been left drugged on a beach. You can watch Seth Conway's full report on ITV News West Country at 6pm.
The trial of two men accused of causing Scarlett's death has been running for two and a half years.
– Vikram Varma, lawyer for Scarlett's mother
Unless the system provides enough energy into the judicial system, providing them with enough resources, enough judges, one cannot expect that things should be done in the time which people expect it to be done and this inordinate delay in the criminal justice system erodes peoples faith in the criminal justice system.
ITV News West Country has been told that the delay in the trial of two men accused of causing the death of Scarlett Keeling is due to a lack of resources in the criminal justice system in Goa. That is according to Vikram Varma, a lawyer acting for Scarlett's mother.
The Children's Court in Panaji only sits for one day a week as there is only one district judge available. The court has a backlog of cases and is further hampered by adjournments.
The slow progress of the trial of two men accused of causing Scarlett Keeling's death comes as no surprise to a leading women's rights campaigner in Goa. Sabina Martins said:
– Sabina Martins, women's rights campaigner in Goa, India
Just because it was a high profile case it does not mean that justice would be faster as the primary evidence was lost because the case was not registered immediately. ... Cases for justice of women have become secondary. Now nobody even talks about the Scarlett case. At that point of time [when the trial began] there was so much hype in the media, there was so much talk in the local press, in the national media and the international media. They were referring to tourism and drugs all these issues were discussed but the issue of justice fof women remained secondary.
15-year-old Scarlett Keeling from Bideford, Devon, was found raped and drowned on an Indian beach in February 2008. She had been on a six month trip with her family. A trial in India of two men accused of causing her death has so far lasted two and a half years.