Suspect charged over dying of Scots-born backpacker in Goa

Danielle McLaughlin was discovered strangled – her face slashed with a damaged beer bottle – after she had spent the day at a Hindu pageant.

The 28-yr-previous sufferer was found within the vacation resort of Goa three months in the past. 

Police have now filed fees towards Vikat Bhagat and his trial is about to start in July.

Ms McLaughlin, who grew up in Co Donegal in Eire, was seen on CCTV with the 23-yr-previous suspect within the hours earlier than her demise.

She had met Bhagat – who has an extended legal document – on earlier -visits to the nation.

He initially reportedly confessed to the homicide however final month he wrote a 29-web page open letter -denying that he was accountable.

Bhagat claimed he was in love with Danielle and it was truly three of his pals who had killed her in entrance of him.

However he alleged police then beat him and compelled him to incriminate himself by placing his fingerprints on beer bottles linked to the assault.

His sister, Geeta Bhagat, a 25-yr-previous hospital nurse, stated: “My brother is being framed. He has informed me within the letter that he knowledgeable the cops of the involvement of three different males however the police didn’t take heed to him.

“As an alternative, they gave him electrical shock in his calf muscle mass and requested him to the touch the damaged beer bottles for fingerprints.”

She added: “I had began hating my brother. I’m a lady and I might by no means think about my brother would rape and kill a lady. 

“However now after studying his letter I consider that my brother is harmless.”

Sammy Taveres, deputy superintendent of police in Goa, stated: “We have now filed a cost sheet towards Vikat Bhagat within the case of rape and homicide of Irish vacationer Danielle Mclaughlin.

“The 374-web page cost sheet includes fifty eight reveals and statements recorded from sixty eight witnesses within the case. 

“We now have requested the courtroom to start the trial as quickly as attainable.

“However we have no idea but when will probably be commenced.”

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