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Goa Police reject fresh forensic report

CNN-IBN
Mar 24, 2008 at 12:42am IST

Panaji: The Goa Police have rejected the fresh forensic report on Scarlette Keeling's death.

The report by the Goa Medical College says Scarlette was forcibly drowned and did not die of a drug overdose as claimed by the police.

Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar has, however, questioned the validity of the report.

"The final opinion by forensic experts on British girl autopsy has no medical validity as it looks more like an eye witness account," Kumar said.

The forensic report states that injuries on Scarlette's face suggest that the assailants held her head in such a position that her mouth and nostrils were covered. The report also explained that bruises and abrasions on the body suggest struggle.

According to the report, there is a possibility that the head was submerged in water for five to 10 minutes and levels of ethyl alcohol detected in this case are not enough to cause coma and death.

Meanwhile, Scarlette's mother Fiona and her lawyer said the Goa police have lost credibility after the report.

“I have been saying all along that it's obvious she struggled before she died. A CBI enquiry is the only way to have a non-biased probe. We are in touch with the British High Commission. They are lending help and backing for a CBI enquiry,” Fiona said.

The report also confirmed CNN-IBN's special investigation, which revealed that the police were informed about the homicidal possibility after the first post mortem itself.

With this fresh report by forensic experts, the Goa Police’s position on the murder stands contradicted.

The 15-year-old Scarlette was raped and murdered in Goa in February.

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