The police have arrested a suspect who has "confessed" to rape and murder. In 
Goa this has to be taken with great suspicion.

He was caught from CCTV footage withdrawing money  (Rs 50,000) from the 
victim's account with her ATM card.

How did he have her PIN?

The police posited that she was murdered by someone she knew well since her 
flat was not broken into.

How could he have had easy access since just days before, they had a loud 
argument about him stealing her umbrella. He was sacked from his job because of 
it. It is unlikely she would have opened the door to him. Secondly how did his 
replacement allow him entry to the building?

The police were dilly-dallying about whether to say she was raped probably 
because their forensics were inconclusive or contaminated. But after he was 
arrested, he quickly "admitted" to rape and murdering her (after the usual 
torture of course).

The police will now set about manufacturing evidence to suit their theory which 
a good lawyer can get thrown out resulting in acquittal. This will be years 
later. For now the pressure is off, officers will be promoted and public memory 
will move on to other things.

The measure of good police work is a high conviction to arrest ratio. In the 
case of Goa police, that is abysmal. I could stand corrected but the last time 
I came across the data in the press, this number was 1%.

One has only to look at the Goa police record on other high profile cases to 
see this latest case fits in with their pattern.

Roland Francis

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