Complaint against Fiona: notice issued to police and Goa Govt

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Panaji, Aug 5 (UNI) The President of Children's Court of Goa, Desmond D'Costa, today issued a notice to the state government and the Police Inspector of Anjuna police station on a complaint filed by Utt Goenkara spokesman Adv Aires Rodrigues against Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British teenager Scarlett Keeling who was found dead on February 18 this year at Anjuna beach.

The matter will be heard on August 11. The notice to the State was issued through the Public Prosecutor.

Adv Rodrigues, in his complaint, prayed that the CBI or any other competent investigation agency be directed to investigate the role of Ms Mackeown in leaving her 15-year-old minor girl in the company of a stranger and that she be made a primary accused in the case leading to Scarlett's death.

He has filed the complaint against Ms Mackeown and other unknown people under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code read with sections 109 and 34 of Indian Penal Code and section 8 (1)(2) and section 8(12) of the Goa Children's Act 2003.

He further stated that Scarlett had come to India with her mother Fiona Mackeown, who left her in the company of one 'Julio' with the intention that he would take care of the girl by giving her food, shelter and money, while the mother along with some male companion and her other children were away holidaying in Gokarna in neighbouring Karnataka.

Adv Rodrigues averred that Ms Mackeown was fully aware that her daughter was a minor and that the law mandates that all children within the state be provided a safe environment, wherein the parents are responsible to ensure that the child is not abused and that her development is nurtured.

The complainant also referred to media reports wherein certain extracts of the diary, as maintained by Scarlett, speaks of the forcible sexual favours that she had to bestow upon 'Julio' in return for the so-called care that he was bestowing upon her.

He said the conduct of Ms Mackeown was in violation of the Goa Children's Act and was therefore liable to be investigated in respect of her behavior and her activities in the state.

Adv Rodrigues alleged that Ms Mackeown was in fact the initial perpetrator of the crime, leading to the death of Scarlett Keeling, that could have been averted.

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