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Family of murder suspect accused of killing Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin say his arrest "came out of nowhere"

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 20/03/2017 Jamie Bullen

Credits: Cover Asia Press

Credits: Cover Asia Press
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The family of a murder suspect accused of raping and killing an Irish backpacker in Goa told how his arrest "came out of nowhere".

Shocked relatives of Vikat Bhagat, 23, said they have left devastated and confused after he was held over the the killing of Danielle McLaughlin.

Danielle, 28, was found dead in a field near a beach resort in Goa on Tuesday.

A post-mortem revealed she had been raped before being strangled to death.

Bhagat is the youngest brother of two sisters and nurses while his dad works as a labourer and his mum is a teacher, MailOnline reported

His sister Geeta told the site : "I'm a girl, I can't think what this girl went through - it makes me feel so bad.

"If he has done it then he has to be punished but we just don't know - we are very confused."

Geeta described how police arrived at her mum school and asked her to return home so they could question Bhagat over the murder.

Hours later, she reportedly received a phone call that her son had confessed to the killing.

Geeta added: "Mum was devastated, broken - it came from nowhere. She called me in such a mess, I came home and we just can't make sense of it."

Bhagat was described by his family as a somewhat man of mystery who would often ride out on his motorbike but never worked and relied on his family for money.

He also apparently likes films and comedy and had a close relationship with his mum.

Bhagat has reportedly not seen his family since he was taken away for questioning by police.

And the relatives have said they intend not to attend his trial when it takes place amid fears he faces a death sentence.


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