Tip-off led to discovery of schoolgirl's body
AN INDIAN policeman has told how he discovered the semi-naked body of a 15-year-old British schoolgirl lying face down in the waves on a popular tourist beach in Goa.
He was speaking on the first day of the trial of two local men charged with the manslaughter of Scarlett Keeling in February 2008.
Samson D'Souza (30) and Placido Carvalho (42) are accused of plying her with drugs, raping her and leaving her unconscious in shallow water, where she drowned.
Police officer Guranth Naik, the first of 72 witnesses, including Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown, said he went to the beach after an anonymous telephone caller said there was a body in the sea close to the Shore Bar at Anjuna.
He drove on to the beach, where he found the body of a young woman lying face down, with waves splashing her. She was naked except for a brassiere that had been pulled up. A pair of orange slippers were nearby.
He said he called a driver to help him move the body up the beach because he was afraid it might be washed away by the sea, and covered it with a sheet.
"The eyes were partly open, the mouth was partly open too with froth," he told the court president, BP Deshpande. The trial is expected to last until the end of the year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)