Crime

TRAGIC: Backpacker Was Gang Raped Before She Was Murdered

A family is devastated that their daughter was brutally killed while she was on vacation in India.

Tragic British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was gang-raped before she was killed, it has been claimed.

Her family’s lawyer said it was impossible for prime suspect Vikat Bhagat to carried out the attack on his own.

And Vikram Varma urged Indian Police to continue to search for other members of the gang. Danielle, 28, was strangled and her face was slashed with a broken beer bottle during the attack in Goa last week.

Mr Varma said: “There has to be more than one person involved. I have no doubt. He would not have been able to overpower Danielle on his own.

“I have a feeling that it was more than one person but we have to verify everything with evidence. I believe Danielle’s attackers took her to another place other than the place where the body was found.”

Mr Varma, who also worked on the case of Scarlett Keeling, the 15-year-old murdered in Goa in 2008, added: “Bhagat’s story is that he was alone with Danielle which is doubtful.

“Bhagat’s clothes had blood on them and Danielle’s clothes were found close to his house.

“But these small criminal gangs operate in groups of four to six people. They share the spoils of their exploits. They are very loyal to each other.”

“I have a feeling that it was more than one person but we have to verify everything with evidence. I believe Danielle’s attackers took her to another place other than the place where the body was found.”

Mr Varma, who also worked on the case of Scarlett Keeling, the 15-year-old murdered in Goa in 2008, added: “Bhagat’s story is that he was alone with Danielle which is doubtful.

“Bhagat’s clothes had blood on them and Danielle’s clothes were found close to his house.

“But these small criminal gangs operate in groups of four to six people. They share the spoils of their exploits. They are very loyal to each other.”

“We understand there is a lot of pressure on you the local people to protect criminals operating in the area who have a lot of power,’ she said.

“Sometimes it is time to stand up and take a stand and say ‘No, Enough is Enough’.

“We want justice for Danielle, she deserves justice.”

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