Local thief' arrested over the 'rape and murder' of British backpacker found naked in a pool of blood after attending Goa beach party Danielle McLaughlin's body was found naked in a pool of blood in a field in southern Goa on Tuesday morning The 28-year-old, who lived in Liverpool, had been at a Holi celebration on Palolem beach on Monday night Her naked body was found by a farmer in a pool of blood four miles away sparking a murder investigationSuspect named as Vikat Bhagat, who police say is a known thief, has been arrested and 'made a confession'A British tourist has been found dead near a beach in the Indian holiday resort of Goa amid fears she was raped and murdered.The 28-year-old, named as Danielle McLaughlin, was found naked in a pool of blood yesterday morning after attending a party at popular Palolom beach in the Canacona area of southern Goa.Ms McLaughlin, who lived in Liverpool, had just arrived with a friend from the north of the state so they could celebrate Holi, a spring festival famous for crowds of people throwing paint - and held to mark the triumph of good over evil. Her badly beaten body was discovered by a farmer at Devbag Beach about four miles away on Tuesday morning. She had suffered extensive injuries to her face.Police said this morning that they had arrested a suspect named as Vikat Bhagat who they said was a petty thief. He is said to have made a confession.Ms McLaughlin (left), who is thought to have lived in Liverpool, had just arrived from the north of the state and had been seen out and about at a party on Monday night at nearby Palolem beach, popular with Western tourists. A local man named as Vikat Bhagat (right) has been arrestedA British tourist has been found dead near a beach in the Indian holiday resort of Goa amid fears she was raped and murdered. Police descended on the scene of the murder (pictured) on Tuesday morning and are investigating whether the tourist was also rapedA 28-year-old, named by police as Danielle McLaughlin (pictured), was found naked in a pool of blood in a field yesterday morning after attending Holi celebrations in the Canacona area of southern Goa, IndiaThe victim had been partying at popular Palolem beach (pictured) before she was found dead yesterday morningPolice said this morning that they had arrested a suspect named as Vikat Bhagat who they said was a petty thief. He is said to have made a confessionDeputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares told reporters: 'We have arrested Bhagat. He has confessed to raping the victim and later killing her in order to hide his identity.' Tavares had earlier revealed that the body was found 'lying in a pool of blood without clothes and there were injuries to the head and face'. A worker at the Dreamcatcher resort where Danielle had been staying the day before her murder said he knew of the arrested man and that he was 'the biggest thief of the area.''He steals from foreigners only - break into their rooms and loot everything. He scares outsiders who have set up their business here. He is a powerful person, by powerful I mean he scares people using weapon. He is a nuisance for the society.'In a heartbreaking post on Facebook written just days ago on February 22, Ms McLaughlin revealed how she was 'off on another adventure' to Goa.She said: 'Thank you to all my friends and family for making home so special and always looking after me. I am very grateful and the luckiest person I know... Off on another adventure.'Under the same post today, which included a sunset landscape picture, a friend wrote: 'Beautiful sunset for a beautiful soul'. Detectives said they had questioned up to 15 people over the killing of Ms McLaughlin, who was travelling under a British passport. The 28-year-old's body was discovered by a farmer about four miles away from Palolem beach Ms McLaughlin's Facebook profile says she had studied at Liverpool John Moores University and was from Buncrana in Ireland. She is pictured, centre, with some children during one trip abroadPolice Inspector Filomeno Costa told reporters: 'A local named Prashant Komarpant alerted us after he noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields around 7am on Tuesday morning.'The body had bruises and her face was badly smashed. Looking at the injuries we concluded that that it was a case of murder. 'We sent her body to Goa Medical College for autopsy and awaiting report to ascertain if she was sexually assaulted.'We are also speaking with the hotels where she had stayed to find out if she was with her friends or holidaying alone.' He later added that although police suspect sexual assault in the case, they have yet not pressed rape charges pending the results of a postmortem report is awaited.According to Goacom, a friend working in the accommodation business at nearby Agonda said Ms McLaughlin had arrived in the area from Arambol on Sunday and stayed with another friend.
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