US News 'I tried to save her' - Murder accused claims three friends killed Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin

12:50  17 may  2017
12:50  17 may  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email. The family of a murder suspect accused of raping and killing an Irish backpacker in Goa told how his arrest Shocked relatives Vikat Bhagat, 23, said they have left devastated and confused after he was held over the murder of Danielle McLaughlin .

'I tried to save her' - Murder accused claims three friends killed Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin © Independent.ie 'I tried to save her' - Murder accused claims three friends killed Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin

A man accused of the rape and murder of Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin has now claimed three friends killed her in front of him.

Vikat Bhagat, who is currently in custody awaiting trial, has written a 29-page letter to his sister detailing the events which he claims led up to her death in Canacona, India in March.

According to the Herald Goa, Bhagat claims he was in a relationship with Ms McLaughlin but denies that he raped or murdered her.

The 24-year-old claims that three of his friends attacked and raped her on March 13. And that these men smashed bottles and rocks off her head when she tried to fight back.

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CCTV captures Brit backpacker Danielle McLaughlin just hours before she was 'raped and murdered in Goa'. Her killer sexually assaulted her and 'disfigured' her face with a beer bottle, police said. The latest claims come as Danielle 's friends revealed she was surrounded by a group of "leering" Indian

Danielle McLaughlin , 28, is said to have been naked when she was found by officers near Deobagh beach in Canacona, an Indian city popular with Credits: Facebook. The family of a murder suspect accused of raping and killing an Irish backpacker in Goa told how his arrest "came out of nowhere".

However a solicitor for Ms McLaughlin's Donegal-based family has questioned the claims and argued that the reports are unhelpful for the case.

Derry based lawyer Des Doherty said: "We do genuinely find this all highly dubious, spurious and lacking in evidential substance."

According the Herald Goa, Bhagat repeatedly writes in his letter that he was in a physical relationship with Ms McLaughlin. He says that on the night he and Ms McLaughlin were with others in a restaurant where they were drunk and smoking cannabis.

He claims that they left to travel to Leopard Valley in Agonda and on the way they decided to smoke one more cannabis joint at the place, which they frequented regularly. This was where Ms McLaughlin (28) was later murdered.

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Danielle McLaughlin was seen with three or four men after she left a bar. Vikat Bhagat, 23, has been accused of the rape and murder of Danielle McLaughlin . Crowd sing at memorial held for murdered Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin in Goa.

Murdered British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin is flown back to Ireland. Cover Asia Press / Tanzeel Ur Rehman. 18. Friends comfort each other at the heartwrenching rally. Crowd sing at memorial held for murdered Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin in Goa.

"While sipping beer I received a call from (a friend) that they are in Leopard Valley and asked us to join them, to which I replied we will do in sometime and informed them of our location," he wrote in the letter.

Bhagat reportedly writes: "I saw two bikes coming towards us switching off the headlights. They came to me, when I questioned why they were here, (friend) asked me to tell Danielle to have sex with them.”

He claims Ms McLaughlin slapped one of the men who then stripped her and raped her.

Bhagat, who said that he was also attacked by the men, claimed: "I tried to save her, but since I had undergone shoulder surgery, I could not help her."

According to the letter Ms McLaughlin started weeping and she slapped another man when he too demanded "sexual favours". Bhagat said this man smashed two bottles of beer on her head and she fell to the ground.

According to the account two of the men held her hands while the third hit a heavy stone twice on her head after which she died.

'I tried to save her' - Murder accused claims three friends killed Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin

  'I tried to save her' - Murder accused claims three friends killed Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin A man accused of the rape and murder of Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin has now claimed three friends killed her in front of him. Vikat Bhagat, who is currently in custody awaiting trial, has written a 29-page letter to his sister detailing the events which he claims led up to her death in Canacona, India in March.According to the Herald Goa, Bhagat claims he was in a relationship with Ms McLaughlin but denies that he raped or murdered her.The 24-year-old claims that three of his friends attacked and raped her on March 13. And that these men smashed bottles and rocks off her head when she tried to fight back.

A MAN charged with the rape and murder of Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin has claimed his three friends killed her in front of him. Vikat Bhagat, who is awaiting trial in connection to the death of the Donegal backpacker , made the claim in a 29-page letter he wrote to his sister.

Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email. The family of a murder suspect accused of raping and killing an Irish backpacker in Goa told how his arrest Shocked relatives Vikat Bhagat, 23, said they have left devastated and confused after he was held over the the killing of Danielle McLaughlin .

Bhagat, who was arrested just 24 hours after the murder, claimed he didn't inform police because he feared he would be blamed for the murder.

Bhagat said, he was scared by the turn of events and did not inform the police fearing he would be blamed for the murder.

"A day after the crime I spoke to (friend) on phone questioning why they did this to which he apologised saying it was a mistake and requested me not to spill their names if the police come to know," Bhagat alleged.

Des Doherty, solicitor for Ms McLaughlin's family, said they were aware of the report and said they have heard these allegations before.

"There is nothing new in them. We have to put faith in the appropriate authorities in India to investigate this fully.

"If what is being alleged has any substance it should be brought to the attention of the police in India.

"From our latest dealings with the police we know that a file is being sent to the director of public prosecutions over there. It is important not to confirm or accept anything that is reported in the media because it has all sorts of evidential and legal problems. This is clearly made up of hearsay."

The Derry-based solicitor said: "We do genuinely find this all highly dubious, spurious and lacking in evidential substance."

He said his clients found it unhelpful and upsetting to learn of this in the media and they do not want anything to prejudice a trial.

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