Panjim: The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court over turned the Goa Children’s Court acquittal order granted to one of the accused Samson Dsouza and pronounced a conviction sentence in the death of British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling.
The arguments on the quantum of sentence would be heard on July 19.
The High Court however, upheld the acquittal of Placido Carvalho by the Goa Children’s Court.
The young British teenager Scarlett Keeling was found died with bruises on her body on February 18, 2008.
Samson Dsouza and Placido Carvalho – two Goan youth – were accused of drugging and sexual abusing her before leaving her to die on the beach.
The Goa Children’s Court had acquitted both Dsouza and Carvalho in the case.
The Goa Children’s Court ordered was appealed against in the High Court. The HC has convicted under IPC sections 328 (for administrating drugs), 354 (outraging woman’s modesty), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and for child abuse under section 8(2) of the Goa Children’s Act.
The case, initially investigated by Goa Police, was handed over to the CBI by the state government after Scarlett’s mother, Fiona Mackeown, raised doubts about the investigations.