Scarlett case: Goa court acquits both accused, mother in shock

Panaji: Two local men accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving British teenage girl Scarlett Eden Keeling to die on Goa's popular Anjuna beach in 2008 were on Friday let off by a children's court here. Goa government may move a higher court against the acquittal. Goa Children's Court Judge Vandana Tendulkar acquitted Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho of all the charges in the eight-year-long high profile death case. Carvalho and Samson had been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, sexual abuse and drugging. The verdict was announced in a jam packed court hall. Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown expressed shock at the verdict. "I am shocked. I was not expecting acquittal. I was expecting conviction. I will challenge the order," Fiona told reporters outside the court hall here. After her daughter's body was found, Fiona had lived in Anjuna for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. She flew down to Goa from Davon (UK) to be present in the court for the final verdict. CBI filed its chargesheet in the case in 2010 after the probe was handed over to the central agency from Goa Police on repeated pleas made by Scarlett's family.