PANJIM: The final arguments in the appeal against the acquittal of the accused in Scarlett Keeling rape and murder case which began on Wednesday will continue before the High Court of Bombay at Goa, on Thursday.
The CBI counsel presented his arguments on Wednesday and the defence counsel would present his on Thursday.
Last week, the High Court had warned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that there would be no more adjournments and the case would be disposed off on April 10 if the CBI counsel remained absent. The warning was issued following the absence of the CBI counsel for a number of hearings delaying the case for one year.
The body of British teenager Scarlett Keeling was found on Anjuna beach in the wee hours of February 18, 2008. Scarlett’s mother Fiona had alleged that her daughter was drugged, raped and murdered.
During the investigation, CBI had charged Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
After years of trial, the Children’s Court at Panjim on September 23, 2016 had acquitted the duo of all charges. Subsequently, CBI had filed an appeal before the High Court challenging the judgment of the Children’s Court.