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Murdered Danielle reportedly knew suspected killer and pair exchanged messages

Murdered Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin knew her suspected killer and the pair had exchanged messages on Facebook, Indian police have claimed.

The 28-year-old’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.

Now the chief inspector running the investigation has told 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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