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Mum’s anguish as Scarlett Keeling murder case is to be closed

Goa killing: Scarlett, 15 PICTURES: SWNS/GETTY

THE mother of teenager Scarlett Keeling, who was battered to death in India in 2008, said officials will today close the case against two suspects.

Fiona MacKeown, 55, described the investigation as a ‘mockery from start to finish’ and said she felt ‘like they hope we just go away after 11 years’.

Scarlett’s body was found covered in 50 injuries on a beach in Goa. Two men who had been drinking with the 15-year-old were accused of raping and killing her but acquitted in 2016.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation appealed but the High Court in Mumbai has listed the case for disposal today, effectively ending the investigation, according to her mother. ‘I fear it will never be solved but I can’t bear thinking her killers may never be found and are still walking the streets,’ said Ms MacKeown (pictured), of Bideford, Devon.

‘It has dominated our lives but we have all tried to move on.’

Initially, police decided Scarlett’s death was caused by accidental drowning but Ms MacKeown fought for a second inquest to be heard.

A post-mortem examination revealed drugs in her body as well as multiple cuts and signs of a sexual assault.

Two local men were charged at a trial which began in 2010 but, six years later, both were cleared by the Goan court.