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Danielle McLaughlin murder case to be fast tracked in India

Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin's body was found in a field in Goa in India in March this year
Seamus McKinney

INDIAN authorities are fast tracking the case against a man accused of raping and murdering Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin.

The 28-year-old from Buncrana was found dead in the western state of Goa in March this year and local man Vikat Bhagat (24) was later charged in connection with the killing.

In preparation for the case, Ms McLaughlin's family commissioned a second post mortem.

Carried out by former Irish state pathologist Marie Cassidy, it confirmed the cause of death as strangulation.

In a statement yesterday, the family said they have been informed the case is to be fast tracked and they have now received the “charge documentation” from prosecution lawyers.

They also revealed that they have briefed a leading lawyer as their representative in India.

The family's Irish-based solicitor, Desmond Doherty, said they wished to thank the British consulate in Mumbai for their help.

“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," he said.

“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.”

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