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Trial into teenage girl’s death in Goa begins

The trail into the death of a teenage British girl began today in Goa with first witness, a policeman, deposing before the local court even as defence lawyer pointed out contradictions in his earlier statements.

Constable Gurunath Naik, 29, attached to Anjuna police station, gave his witness before judge B.P. Deshpande, reconstructing the events that occurred soon after an unknown caller informed police about an unidentified body lying on the shore.

Mr. Naik, the first policeman to see the corpse lying in the sea water on Anjuna beach, had earlier deposed on three occasions — two times before Goa Police and once before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Two accused — Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho, have been booked by the CBI for drugging, sexually abusing and leaving the girl to die at the beach on February 17, 2008.

Defence lawyer Ryan Menezes cited contradictions in the statement given by the witness earlier to the police and CBI, after comparing his testimony on Monday. CBI’s counsel S.R. Rivonkar, talking to media after the trial, however, termed these contradictions as `non-fatal’ and `minor’.

“He has given three statements on different occasions.

There are bound to be some differences. They are not fatal. They are minor contradictions,” Mr. Rivonkar told the media.

Both the accused — D’Souza and Carvalho — were present.

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