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Mother's vow as Goa court clears two of girl's killing

By Nawaz Shaikh

The mother of British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling has said he will continue to fight for justice after two men were cleared of raping and killing her daughter.

Fiona MacKeown, who travelled to Goa, India, for the long-awaited verdict into her daughter's death, said she was "disappointed" and hoped to take the case to a higher court.

Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho were alleged to have plied the 15-year-old with drugs, raped her and left her unconscious on the beach where she subsequently drowned.

But they were acquitted of charges of rape and culpable homicide yesterday.

Scarlett's bruised and half-naked body was found on the popular Anjuna beach in the north of Goa in February 2008.

She had been at a Valentine's Day beach party while the rest of her family had gone travelling.

The court had heard that Scarlett, from Bideford in north Devon, suffered 50 injuries.

After the initial police conclusion that she had died accidentally, a second post-mortem report was carried out and a new investigation was launched.

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