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Lawyer slams Goa suspect's 'denial letter'

By Eamon Sweeney

The solicitor for the family of a Co Donegal woman raped and murdered earlier this year has described the contents of a letter supposedly written by a man awaiting trial for the crimes as both "dubious and spurious".

Danielle McLaughlin was found dead on the Indian island of Goa in March.

The 28-year-old Buncrana woman was on a backpacking holiday. Police on the island said that 24-year-old Vikat Bhagat had confessed to the murder. But, the suspect has now reportedly written a 29-page letter denying he was responsible and has placed the blame instead on three of his friends.

Lawyer Des Doherty, however, has described the letter as "spurious and self-serving".

"I am doubtful of the letter's authenticity. There's no doubt that the letter exists because I have seen photographic evidence of it.

"What I am objecting to is its provenance and the manner in which it has been presented."

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