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Danielle McLaughlin was found murdered on a beach on March 14 of this year, while on her travels in Goa.

Her family have confirmed that the murder case is now being 'fast-tracked' due to new postmortem results. 

The second postmortem was carried out in Ireland by Chief State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy.

It reportedly confirms the results of the first postmortem, which was carried out in India. 

A local man, Vikat Bhagat, has been charged with the rape and murder of Danielle. 

Danielle's family have released a statement on the case:

'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,' according to Donegal Now.

'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.'

 

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The only suspect in the rape and murder of Irish woman, Danielle McLaughlin, earlier this year in India has had his charge sheet filed in a local magistrates court in southern Goa.

It has been established that authorities in India have completed investigations into the brutal murder of the young woman, and are reportedly confident of securing a guilty verdict against 24-year-old Vikas Bhagat.

According to The Irish Times, Bhagat, who reportedly confessed to the murder of 28-year-old Danielle in March, will have charges heard against him on June 21.

Commenting on the developments, Inspector Rajendra Prabhu Desai explained that it was likely the case would be transferred to the higher Sessions Court in Marago.

In the days that followed Danielle's harrowing death, friends of the young woman travelled to Goa to speak on her behalf.

"We want justice for Danielle. She deserves justice. We know that we all want the same. Whatever community we come from. Whatever our backgrounds. We all want the same thing. Justice. So let's get it together." pleaded Donegal-native Nicole Farren.

"It is horrific and such a tragic way to have departed this world. No one deserves the pain and suffering she endured," she added.

It is understood that Danielle was last seen at a beach party alongside the accused on March 14 of this year.

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After travelling to India to bring home the body of her friend Danielle McLaughlin, Donegal-native Nicole Farren delivered a speech at a memorial service in Goa in which she paid tribute to the 28-year-old and lamented the devastating way she spent her final hours.

Speaking to those gathered, Nicole said: "We can not even begin to comprehend what has happened to our amazing beautiful friend Danielle."

"It is horrific and such a tragic way to have departed this world. No one deserves the pain and suffering she endured."

"How anyone is capable of committing a brutal act such as this to another human being is beyond our understanding," she said of the discovery of her friend's body in a remote area of Canacona in Goa last Tuesday morning.

"We want justice for Danielle. She deserves justice. We know that we all want the same. Whatever community we come from. Whatever our backgrounds. We all want the same thing. Justice. So let's get it together."

Nicole went on to highlight an issue which is never far from the headlines, saying: ""If anything, we hope that this will not only make India but also the rest of the world stand up and face the facts, that there is still so much injustice for women, that in some places we are second class citizens."

"Things need to change, Women need equal rights all over the world. They should be safe always and never be scared, have to live and die in fear.

23-year-old Vikat Bhagat was arrested over the murder, with police claiming he has confessed to the attack.

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