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Goa murder victim Danielle McLaughlin's body back home

By Donna Deeney

The remains of an Irish woman who was sexually assaulted before being murdered in India have been returned to her grief-stricken family.

Yesterday evening a hearse brought the body of Danielle McLaughlin from Dublin to the Donegal seaside town of Buncrana where she grew up and where her mother Andrea, sisters and friends were waiting.

It followed the conclusion of a second post-mortem, carried out in Dublin at the family's request to compare with one performed in India following the discovery of her body in Canacona in the tourist destination of Goa. Requiem Mass for Ms McLaughlin will take place at St Mary's Church, Cockhill, at 11am on Thursday.

Her family have endured a long and difficult wait to get Danielle's body home after the horrific news of her death reached them on March 14.

Sinn Fein Senator Padraigh McLoughlin, who has been working closely with the family and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust to bring Ms McLaughlin back from India, said the relief felt by her family was huge.

He said: "This has been such a horrendous time for Andrea and the girls but at last she has Danielle home, which will give them all time to say their final goodbyes before the town gathers on Thursday for her funeral.

"The family have been overwhelmed with grief and have struggled with the long wait to have her home, which was made possible by the incredible work done by the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust."

A candlelit vigil last week in Buncrana drew hundreds of people together to pay tribute and to call for justice.

One man is in custody in India over the 28-year-old's murder.

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