Saturday 16 December 2017

Post-mortem confirms Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin was raped and strangled

Danielle Mc Laughlin set off on her travels in February
Danielle Mc Laughlin set off on her travels in February
Backpacker Danielle McLaughlin who was murdered in Goa
Locals and expats gather for vigil after death of Danielle McLaughlin
A Hindu temple in Goa, India, where Danielle McLaughlin was on a backpacking adventure.
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A post-mortem carried out on the body of murdered Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin has confirmed she was sexually assaulted before being strangled.

The 28-year-old, from Buncrana, Co Donegal, was discovered in wasteland near Canacona, India on Tuesday morning.

One man Vikat Bhagat (23) has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Police say he has admitted to the killing.

The Herald Goa is reporting that a post-mortem examination was carried out today on Ms McLaughlin's body by a two-member panel of forensic doctors.

A report has now been submitted to Canacona police.

According to the newspaper the examination showed evidence of sexual assault and "compression of neck". Strangulation has been given as a cause of death.

The newspaper is also reporting that the victim's remains will be handed over to the consulate and her family tomorrow.

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