London, Feb. 9 (ANI): In an Email to her Spanish friend just days before her death on a beach in Goa, British teenager Scarlett Keeling wrote that a group of men had tried to gang rape her in Goa. Scarlett's body was found washed-up on North Goa's Anjuna beach semi-naked almost a year ago. She was drugged, raped and killed while her family left her in Goa with friends, and they holidayed along the Indian coast in February last year.
Scarlett's mother, Fiona MacKeown, has now revealed that her daughter sent messages painting a chilling picture of the underworld she had become caught in, The Telegraph reports.
MacKeown said, "My daughter's last messages to a friend she had met in Goa paint a distressing picture of what was happening to her in her last few days and have made me question my decision to leave her behind."
In her shocking email Scarlett wrote she took a cocktail of drugs at a rave and was later shown hardcore pornography by a group of men who then "all took it in turns tryin 2 rape me".
MacKeown who has been accused of neglect said, "I already knew Scarlett had been raped before she was murdered. I now have to live with the knowledge that she was also horribly assaulted three days earlier. It's hard to put into words how shocking it was to read that [email]."
MacKeown said that another of Scarlett's emails suggests she was being groomed as a drug mule.
"The message to a friend 16 days before her death said that Scarlett planned to travel to Finland and Thailand with her 25-year-old Indian boyfriend, Julio Lobo. She clearly had plans I didn't know about. She says she'd be making money."
"I have since learnt there's quite a strong drug link between the countries she talks about. It makes me wonder whether she was being primed to be a mule," she wonders.
Indian police believes that the men who committed the attempted gang rape could be her murderers. Officers from India's Central Bureau of Investigation are planning to interview MacKeown about the emails before arresting the suspects.
Meanwhile, two Indian men are awaiting trial on charges of raping and drugging Scarlett and leaving her to die. (ANI)