Rape accused Goa MLA subjected to psychiatric test

Sunday, May 8, 2016,15:35 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Panaji | Expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserratte, arrested for allegedly buying and raping a 16-year-old girl, underwent psychiatric tests today, police said. The accused was taken for psychiatric examination at Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour near here last evening and again today where various tests were conducted, a senior police official said today.

The legislator had undergone medical examination soon after his arrest three days ago The MLA would be produced before Goa Children’s Court tomorrow where police would seek an extension of his remand. A senior police officer said the investigating agency has collected some evidence in connection with the case, including a blood-stained linen apparently used on the day of the alleged offence.

The forensic examination would be conducted to check if the stains on the linen match the blood samples, he said. Meanwhile, a local court today remanded another accused Rosy Ferros, who was arrested yesterday for allegedly selling the girl to the MLA, in police custody for three days.

Rosy had surrendered before the Crime Branch yesterday following which she was placed under arrest and booked for trafficking along with the girl’s mother. Monserratte was arrested three days back and sent in police custody for allegedly buying and sexually exploiting the girl.

The victim’s mother too was arrested. The girl, in her statement to the police, had claimed she was sold by her mother to Monserratte in March for Rs 50 lakh. Ferros allegedly brokered the deal. The MLA has denied the allegations claiming that he had sacked the victim from her job at his lifestyle store at Miramar beach in Goa for stealing cash. 5

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