CBI skips Scarlett death hearing

PTI, PANAJI | 03 September 2010 17:26 IST

Even as the Goa court is grappling with the issue of missing pages of Scarlett's diary, public prosecutor representing the CBI in the death trial did not appear in the court today when case came for the hearing.

The CBI was supposed to file a reply in connection with the contentions by the two accused that a few pages from Scarlett's diary were missing.

CBI counsel SR Rivonkar was not present in the court this afternoon forcing the court to adjourn the hearing for next date on September 17, 2010.

British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling's bruised semi nude body was found on Anjuna shore on February 18, 2008.

Two accused - Placido Carvalho and Samsun D'Souza - were arrested for drugging, sexually abusing and leaving the teenager to die on the shore.

During the trial on August 27, the lawyers representing two accused had moved an application that few of the pages of the diary belonging to Scarlett were missing.

The court had directed the CBI to file a reply to their application by September 3.

The diary, with black cover, was recovered during the investigation and is an important part of prosecution.

Scarlett's mother, Fiona Mackeown, had identified the diary and its contents during her deposition before the court.

Jos Peter de Souza, during Fiona's cross examination, had pointed out that few pages of the diary were missing.

The diary was recovered from room of Scarlett's boyfriend Julio Lobo.

The sketches in the diary had exposed several hidden facets of teenager's life.

Scarlett's death was initially being pushed under carpet by Goa police.

They later took up exhaustive investigation in this case after Fiona launched a campaign seeking justice to her daughter.

After initial investigations, the case was handed over to CBI, who has filed charge-sheet in Goa children's court against the two accused. 

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