1. Backpacker, 28, was raped and strangled before being found dead at popular festival in India.
Danielle McLaughlin ‘raped and strangled’ – post mortem https://t.co/cEZPRtxTY4
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A post-mortem confirms a 28-year-old Irish backpacker was raped and strangled before she was killed while on holiday in Goa, India, last month, BBC News reports.
Danielle McLaughlin was found dead in a field close to resorts frequented by tourists in the Indian state of Goa on Tuesday. Police discovered her “lying in a pool of blood without clothes”.
McLaughlin had travelled to India with a friend from Australia to celebrate the Hindu Holi festival in February.
The destination is popular with foreign tourists who often visit the area for beach getaways.
A post-mortem released by police today has concluded that brain damage and constriction of the neck caused the 28-year-old’s death.
A 24-year-old local man, Vikat Bhagat, has been arrested and will now face rape and murder charges.
Bhagat has confessed to raping and killing Danielle, Deputy Superintendent Sammy Tavares told reporters.
CCTV obtained by police also shows Danielle walking along the street with her alleged killer before her death.
Danielle’s mother, Andrea Brannigan, said her daughter – the eldest of her five daughters – would be “sadly missed by all”.
Locals held a vigil at the spot where Danielle’s body was found on Wednesday evening, laying flowers, photos and candles on the ground.
A big green banner reading ‘Justice for Danielle’ has also been left at the site.
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