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Still no justice for Scarlett Keeling, six years after she was killed in Goa

Scarlett Keeling was killed in Goa six years ago Credit: ITV News

It's hard to believe that the trial of two men accused of causing the death of North Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling is still going more than four years after it began at Goa's Childrens Court. To make matters even worse for her mum, Fiona MacKeown, she's had no contact from the Indian authorities to let her know how the case is progressing and when it might end.

Fiona says: "I think it's ridiculously bizarre you know my daughter was murdered in their country. You'd think that they would have some kind of duty to inform about what's happening but they don't."

Fiona MacKeown says the family are still waiting for justice Credit: ITV News

The two local men are accused of drugging and assaulting Scarlett and a version of manslaughter for leaving her on the beach, where the authorities say she then drowned. It's not just a mother's grief that refuses to accept this version of events - Fiona says the evidence proves it was murder - but the Indian police have never identified the others believed to have been there the night Scarlett died.

"I don't think it's going to be a hundred per cent satisfactory because they still use the phrase left on the beach to die when that wasn't the case. She was held face down in the water forcibly, I've seen the bruises on her body and that would be the hundred per cent satisfactory outcome to find whoever did that to her, and see them go to prison for a long time. But the men that they've got have got some involvement so I don't know, I'll have to wait, waiting is what I've done."

The Childrens Court only sits a couple of times a month and has many cases on its books so trials run side by side over many years.

"It's appalling there's very little support from the countries that it happens in, they really don't seem to care much, they seem to care how it affects the tourist industry rather than the people themselves. All the people that I've spoken to that has had somebody murdered in Goa says the same thing. The hardest thing is the way that the country has treated us, it's hard enough to lose somebody but to be treated like that is appalling."

And so the wait goes on for Scarlett's family, justice as far away as ever


Military medals stolen in Plymouth burglary

Police investigating a burglary in Plymouth are appealing for information after a number of unique items including military service medals were stolen.

Four medals (pictured) were taken from a property in Taunton Avenue, Whitleigh, sometime between 11pm on Tuesday 23 September and 6am on Wednesday 24 September.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Northern Ireland General Service and Accumulated Service medals were all taken after thieves entered the property via a patio door.

The stolen medals. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

These are very distinctive items and the medals in particular are of huge sentimental value to the victim. We are hoping someone will have seen the stolen property or been offered the items for sale, and we would urge them to get in touch with police.

– DC Riley, Devon & Cornwall Police

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the items or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the Taunton Avenue area around the time of the burglary.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CR/109133/14, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Fishing delegation from Dorset heads to US

Scallops are put in a pot on board the fishing boat Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pioneering partnership between fishermen and conservationists in Lyme Bay is sharing ideas with the Americans.

A delegation is heading to California next month. It includes scallop diver John Shuker as well as fishery managers and advisers.

They hope to learn how others protect stocks but maintain livelihoods.

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