Ireland Charge sheet filed against suspect in Danielle McLaughlin murder case

12:30  12 june  2017
12:30  12 june  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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Margao/Canacona: Canacona police on Saturday filed a chargesheet against Vikat Bhagat, 24, in the murder and rape of 28-year-old Irish national Danielle McLaughlin whose body was found at an isolated spot at Devabag, Canacona, on the morning of March 14.

PANAJI: Goa police on Friday filed a chargesheet against 23-year-old Vikas Bhagat before the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Canacona in the case of rape and murder of Irish national Danielle McLaughlin .

Suspect Vikat Bhagat and Danielle McLaughlin © Provided by Irish Independent Suspect Vikat Bhagat and Danielle McLaughlin Police in India have filed a charge sheet against the suspect in the murder of Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin.

Vikat Bhagat (24) has been charged with the rape and murder of Ms McLaughlin, from Co Donegal, in the Indian resort of Canacona on March 14.

The Times of India is now reporting that police have filed a 374-page charge sheet with the local court on Friday.

A charge sheet is a formal document of accusation prepared by law-enforcement agencies in India, similar to a book of evidence.

Canacona PI Rajendra Prabhudessai told the newspaper that the document includes 58 exhibits as well as statements recorded from 68 witnesses in the case.

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Police in India says they have ruled out all other suspects in the murder of Donegal backpacker Danielle McLaughlin . He added that the charge sheet is ready and would be submitted to the court with 90 days of the crime last March.

Danielle McLaughlin ’s body was found on Tuesday in Goa. A man suspected of killing an Irish woman at a tourist resort in Goa will face murder and rape charges , police in the Indian state have said. “Then we will submit a charge sheet and the case will go on,“ he said.

Bhagat was arrested around 24 hours after Ms McLaughlin's remains were discovered in the resort near Goa.

According to the chargesheet, Bhagat took advantage of his friendship with Ms McLaughlin and took her to an isolated field at Adpe-Devabag and after sexually assaulting her, hit her on the face with glass bottles before murdering her by strangling.

Bhagat, has been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 394 (robbery) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the India Penal Code (IPC).

Last month Bhagat claimed, in a 29-page letter to his sister, that his three friends murdered Ms McLaughlin.

He claimed that he was in a relationship with the the Donegal woman (28) but on the night of the attack his friends attacked her.

Bhagat reportedly wrote: "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.”

He claims Ms McLaughlin slapped one of the men who then stripped her and raped her.

Bhagat, who said that he was also attacked by the men, claimed: "I tried to save her, but since I had undergone shoulder surgery, I could not help her."

He said the men beat her to death with bottles and rocks.

However police told local reporters they have interrogated the three men and their role in the death "cannot be established"

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