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Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin murdered in India making journey home

The Irish woman who was raped and murdered in India is to be returned home after a second post-mortem in Dublin.

The remains of 28-year-old Danielle McLaughlin from Buncrana were discovered in a remote area near the holiday hostpot of Canacona in Goa last Tuesday.

One man Vikat Bhagat (23) was arrested over the murder and police claim he has confessed to the attack.

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A second post-mortem is set to take place in Dublin at the request of Ms McLaughlin's family who want more information on how she died.

Her body is being repatriated through the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who have been working with her family.

Colin Bell, of the charity, told the Irish Independent that her remains have now been released following an earlier delay and should be arriving on Friday.

A spokesman said: "She won't be in Buncrana until next week. She is going for another post-mortem."

Funeral details have yet to be announced.

The Co Donegal community was left in shock at the news of her death, and local man Christy Duffy launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with her repatriation and funeral expenses.

Donations flooded in and rapidly exceeded the initial €10,000 target, now sitting at more than €40,000.

Posting on the fundraising page, Mr Duffy said that everyone who knew Danielle was "completely devastated," and described her as a "beautiful and kind-hearted, funny young lady who loved life and was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter".

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