AN Indian court has refused bail for Vikat Bhagat, the man accused of killing Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin in March 2017.
Baghat applied for bail and citied a ‘bleak likelihood of a trial taking place in the near future due to the prevailing pandemic condition’.
The application was opposed by Ms McLaughlin’s mother, Andrea Brannigan.
A court in Goa rejected Bhagat’s bail application.
The trial is due to resume on July 14, but seems likely to face further delay.
The 28-year-old tourist was visiting Goa when she was attacked and murdered. Her body was found on 14th March 2017 and a local man Bhagat stands trial accused of murder and rape.
Danielle was reportedly attacked with a stone and was found lying in a pool of blood without clothes with injuries to her head and face.
A post-mortem concluded that McLaughlin died due to brain damage and constriction of the neck.