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Man seen holding hands with murder victim Danielle McLaughlin is local taxi man who spent night drinking with her

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A man seen holding hands with murder victim Danielle McLaughlin has been revealed to be a local taxi man who spent night drinking with her, according to The Mirror.

The man, named as Rajesh Sarokomart Pant, was questioned by police but has protested his innocence. He is one of six men being questioned over her murder.

It has also emerged that he lied to his wife and spent the evening drinking with Danielle McLaughlin, aged 28.

Danielle McLaughlin’s body was discovered dumped in wasteland near the holiday hotspot of Canacona, Goa on Tuesday morning.

A post-mortem found that she had been raped, attacked with a broken bottle and strangled.

Vikat Bhagat (23) was arrested over the murder and police claim he has confessed to the attack.

Previous evidence from the case showed that she knew her killer.

The chief inspector running the investigation has told Independent.ie that “good staff, intelligence and CCTV” helped them crack the crime in less than 24 hours.

Inspector Filomeno Costa also claimed that Ms McLaughlin, from Buncrana, Co Donegal, had been in contact with her suspected killer.

“They knew each other before and they were friends. They were in contact with each other on Facebook.

“We don’t have information as to when they first got in contact, we don’t know how long they were friends.”

Inspector Costa claimed that they are currently preparing a charge sheet in relation to Mr Bhagat and he said the suspect will be formally charged “in the next few days”.

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