Police said Bhagat had a dozen criminal cases against him, and was heavily intoxicated at the time. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
Police said Vikas Bhagat, who was arrested Wednesday, hit Danielle McLaughlin on the head with a beer bottle
Goa Police arrested a 23-year-old man Wednesday for allegedly murdering an Irish woman.
According to a report in DNA, Vikas Bhagat, a resident of Goa, told police he got angry because the Irish woman refused to have sex with him.
The body of 28-year-old Danielle McLaughlin was found naked in a field in South Goa on Tuesday. Danielle had been playing Holi with a friend.
Police sources told DNA Bhagat had a dozen criminal cases against him, and was heavily intoxicated at the time.
“During the probe, some witnesses told us that they had seen Bhagat, a history-sheeter, with a ‘foreign' woman at various places in Canacona on Monday. The witnesses told the police that they had seen Bhagat and the foreigner together since afternoon till 9 pm on Monday,” deputy superintendent of police, Canacona, Sammy Tavares told DNA.
Bhagat told the police that he knew Danielle from the last time she had visited Goa.
“Bhagat told us that the victim had contacted him on March 13 to meet her, and from afternoon till 9 pm, they were together. Bhagat further told us that he told the victim that he wanted to have sex with her which she refused. Bhagat, who was drunk at the time of the incident, then hit the victim with a beer bottle on her head. The girl sustained injuries on her face and head. Bhagat then escaped from the beach,” Tavares told DNA.
Several foreigners have died in Goa over the past decade, including 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling, whose bruised and semi-naked body was found in shallow water near the popular Anjuna beach in 2008.
An Indian court cleared two men of raping and killing Keeling last year.
McLaughlin had dual Irish and British citizenship.
The Irish Embassy is liaising closely with the British authorities and an Irish consular official is travelling from New Delhi to Goa today, a statement from the Irish foreign ministry said.