Police reopen Brit murder case at nightclub

PTI, PANAJI | 08 July 2012 12:34 IST

Goa Police have started a fresh investigation into the mysterious death of a British woman at a nightclub here two years ago.

A case of murder has been registered at Anjuna police station here regarding the death of Denyse Carol Sweeney (35). Sweeney was found unconscious at Primerose Club in Vagator on April 16, 2010.

She died during treatment at a private hospital.

Back then, police had registered a case of death due to `drug overdose'.

But in a statement today, Goa police spokesperson said "it appears that some unknown person committed murder of late Sweeney in the premises of Primerose Club, Vagator".

According to the police, doctors who conducted autopsy could not ascertain the exact cause of death.

"Same had remained doubtful and inconclusive," the spokesperson said. Sweeney's body was sent to her native place, Derbyshire, after the autopsy in India.

Her sister, Maureen, initiated a campaign seeking fresh investigation, suspecting foul play.

The second autopsy conducted in Britain revealed no trace of alcohol or drugs in her body, according to Maureen.

"The moment we read the words `drug overdose', we said `no'...We did not accept that at all.

If we had known two years ago that whatever investigation was done by the police in India would have been so rubbish, we might have acted sooner," she has been quoted as saying by the British press.

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