Keeling Case: Viscera report confirms presence of drugs, alcohol

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Panaji, Mar 20 (UNI) Chemical analysis on the viscera of slain British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling has confirmed the presence of ''drugs and alcohol''.

Disclosing this to mediapersons today, Inspector General of Police (Crime) Kishan Kumar said the report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Mumbai has confirmed the presence of ''cocaine and morphine'' in the viscera sent for analysis.

''The report is positive for a cocktail of drugs and alcohol,'' he said but he did not indicate as to whether the dose was lethal.

The report, he said, certainly strengthened the case further. He, however, did not indicate as to whether the drugs were the cause of death.

Two Goans -- bartender Samson D'Souza and Carvalho -- had been taken into police remand on the charge of rape, murder and common intention to kill the minor girl at Anjuna beach where her body was found on February 18.

Meanwhile, one of the key witnesses Michael Mannion, also a Britisher, who had deposed evidence before the investigating officer, submitted the evidences before a judicial magistrate as a precautionary measure.

Michael had fled Goa and approached the British High Commissioner in Mumbai for help, for he feared of threat to his life. However, he returned to Goa after the police issued a ''look out notice'' for him and assured protection.

Another man, Lobo, under whose care Scarlett had been left by her mother Fiona in Goa, was booked for violation of the provisions under the Goa Children's Act, the IGP added.

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