IRISH WOMAN KILLED IN GOA FOR REFUSING SEX TWIST TO THE TALE
In an interesting turn of events, Vikas Bhagat , accused in the rape and murder of Irish national Danielle McLaughlin has said that he did not kill the woman but three of his friends killed her in front of him.
Bhagat, who is in judicial custody at Colvale Jail has written a 29-page letter to his sister detailing the events since he first met McLaughlin in 2016 at Palolem till the time she was murdered.
In his letter, written in Konkani, Bhagat says he attempted to reveal the facts to the court when he was in Canacona police custody but the police did not allow him. “Even the letter which I was drafting was taken by the police,” he said.
In this letter he mentions that he was in a relationship with McLaughlin and that on the fateful day he and McLaughlin and three other friends were at ‘Green Park’ restaurant, in Palolem wherein all were drunk and also had charas.
Thereafter he and McLaughlin decided to go to Leopard Valley in Agonda as McLaughlin didn’t want his friends to accompany them. After freshening up at their rented room in Palolem, he says, both headed to Agonda. Bhagat says all this can be substantiated with timings given in the letter and confirmed with CCTV footage.
Continuing further, he claims that on the way they decided to smoke one more joint at the place, which they frequented regularly. This was where McLaughlin was later murdered.
“While sipping beer I received a call from (a friend) that they are in Leopard Valley and asked us to join them, to which I replied we will do in sometime and informed them of our location,” he says in the letter.
Bhagat further states, “I saw two bikes coming towards us switching off the headlights. They came to me, when I questioned why they were here, (friend) asked me to tell Danielle to have sex with them.”
Bhagat says that, following this McLaughlin slapped one of them and the man stripped her and raped her.
“I tried to save her, but since I had undergone shoulder surgery, I could not help her,” Bhagat writes adding he was badly beaten up by his three friends.
Following this McLaughlin started weeping but after that another one of the men demanded sexual favours and she slapped him also. The man smashed two bottles of beer on her head and she fell to the ground, Bhagat says.
Thereafter, two of them held her hands while the third hit a heavy stone twice on her head after which she died.
Bhagat said, he was scared by the turn of events and did not inform the police fearing he would be blamed for the murder.
“A day after the crime I spoke to (friend) on phone questioning why they did this to which he apologised saying it was a mistake and requested me not to spill their names if the police come to know,” Bhagat alleged.
McLaughlin (28), was found murdered at an isolated place at Devabagh-Canacona on March 13, 2017. Canacona Police had arrested Bhagat on the same day and booked him for murder.
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