An Indian court has ordered that the man suspected of killing Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin is to face four charges at trial.
Danielle was found dead in Canacona, in Goa, on March 14, 2017, and local man Vikat Bhagat was quickly identified as the prime suspect in the killing.
The 23-year-old is to stand trial on four charges: murder, rape, destruction of evidence and robbery of the Buncrana woman.
Danielle’s mother Andrea has been granted a unique status during proceedings as she has been given permission to assist the prosecution.
This means she has a lawyer representing her during the trial who can question witnesses. She also reserves the right to meet with the accused privately.
Speaking to Independent.ie ahead of Danielle’s anniversary her devastated mother said her daughter was an “an amazing daughter, an amazing sister and an amazing friend”.
“I would like to know why. My question is why. Why destroy her trust? Why take away my lovely daughter? Why let the world miss out, her sisters miss her terribly, her friends miss her. The world has lost a lot in losing her. She could have done so much good in the world,” she said.
Andrea and her local community in Donegal have raised thousands to cover legal and investigative costs in the family’s bid to ensure Danielle gets justice but are still facing substantial bills.
Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign to cover the legal costs associated with the case can do so by visiting the website www.truthfordanielle.com or visit any Ulster Bank and say they would like to donate to ‘The Truth For Danielle Fund’ with an account in Ulster Bank in Buncrana.Tags: