It's emerged that the trial of the man accused of murdering Buncrana woman Danielle Mc Laughlin in Goa, India is expected to be fast tracked.
In a statement issued on behalf of her family this afternoon, the Justice for Damielle campaign says charge documents have been received by their legal team in Derry.
They also say a Post Mortem examination carried out in Dublin confirms the findings of the original examination in India.
A short time ago, we spoke to the family's solicitor Des Doherty......
Statement in full -
PRESS STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY OF DANIELLE Mc LAUGHLIN 3RD OCTOBER 2017
The family of Danielle Mc Laughlin who was murdered and raped in Goa in March 2017 confirm the addition to the legal team dealing with the case with the appointment of Mr. Vikram Varma Attorney, as their representative in India when the case of the accused, Vikat Bhagat comes to trial.
Danielle’s family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the Coroner’s office in Dublin and the Chief State Pathologist, Dr. Marie Cassidy for their help. Dr. Cassidy, with meticulous precision, has completed the second post – mortem report in relation to Danielle. Dr Cassidy’s report, among other things, confirms the cause of Danielle’s death in line with the first Indian post – mortem report.
Danielle’s family have also now received the ‘Charge’ documentation in the case from the prosecution authorities in India.
The family wish to extend their thanks also to the British Consulate in Mumbai for their invaluable assistance in organising the delivery of the Charge papers to their solicitor, Desmond J Doherty in Derry.
Danielle’s family have dealt with a lot of documents and information in relation to Danielle’s case over the last number of weeks and months. They are still trying to cope with and come to terms with the tragedy that has occurred.
Danielle’s family remain hopeful that the truth in relation to Danielle’s untimely death will be made known and that justice in her memory will be done.
It is expected that the trial of Vikat Bhagat, who remains the only person charged in connection with the case, will take place soon as it is being ‘fast – tracked’ by the Indian authorities.