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Scarlett's mother fears being killed by Goa minister's nexus

August 03, 2010 13:02 IST

The mother of murdered British teenager Scarlett Keeling has claimed that her life was in danger after accusing a politician of involvement in her daughter's death.

Fiona MacKeown, 46, who was giving evidence at Goa children's court, told the court that Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik led a "drugs nexus" linked to gangs behind the killing.

The body of Scarlett, 15, a resident of Bideford, Devon, was found on a beach in Anjuna, Goa, in February 2008.

"I've got no doubt that Scarlett was murdered by the drug mafia and political nexus," The Sun quoted Keeling, as saying.

"I've been warned that Ravi Naik is the head of the drugs nexus -- and to be careful because he could have me murdered," she added.

She also accused Naik's son Roy, Scarlett's boyfriend Julio Lobo and local man Roy D'Souza of giving Scarlett heroin, cocaine and ecstasy on the night she died.

Samson D'Souza, 30, and Placido Carvalho, 42, the two accused, have denied their role in the culpable homicide.

The trial is expected to continue for the rest of the year.
Source: ANI