Two forensic doctors from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, told the Goa Children’s Court on Monday that the death of 16-year-old British minor girl, whose body was found on Anjuna beach in February 2008, was a case of drowning.

Dr. D. M. Bharadwaj, professor of Forensic Medicine, and Dr. Rama Ray, pathologist, deposed on Monday before Judge Anuja Pradbhudesai as witness in the rape and murder case.

They were part of a team of four doctors of the AIIMS who had conducted chemical analysis on the remains of the minor girl, whose bruised and semi-nude body was found on the beach in the early hours of February 18.

In the course of the hearing on Monday, Senior Counsel, Central Bureau of Investigation, Eijaz Khan, told the court that a crucial eye-witness, British national Mike Masala alias Michael Mannion, was unwilling to come for deposition as he feared for his life.