Scarlet Keeling case: Shack owner deposes in court

Scarlet Keeling case: Shack owner deposes in court

Agnelo Lopes, the shack owner, said Fiona had approached him on February 19 enquiring whether he knew anything about her daughter, whose bruised semi-nude corpse was found on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008 near his shack.

"On February 19, 2008, the mother of Scarlet came to my shack at around 10 am and asked me whether I know anything about her daughter," Lopes told the court.
He said Fiona introduced herself as Scarlet's mother. "I told her I did not know anything about Scarlet. I was told about Scarlet's name by her mother on that day," he added.
Lopes also told the court that he informed Anjuna police station about the body lying on the beach front.

He deposed that he saw the body early in the morning after he was told about it by a shack waiter.

Lopes, who runs 'Agnelo shack', said his uncle, Fidelis Paul D'Souza, had also seen Keeling's body during his morning walk.

Fidelis also deposed before the court confirming that he saw the body in the shallow beach water.

"There were no clothes on the body and since I got frightened, I did not go near the water and returned back," Fidelis, 62-year-old retired head constable with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), told the court.

He said while returning from the shore, he met one home guard (a civil defence organisation staff) and he was already aware of the dead body.

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