My girlfriend was drugged, raped & beheaded in India… and nothing is being done
The Irish boyfriend of a woman who was drugged, raped and beheaded in a forest in India says he hasn’t given up hope of finding justice.© Provided by Extra.ie
Andrew Jordan has appealed to the Irish Government to convince the Indian authorities to ramp up their investigation into the horrific murder.
It has been nearly three years since Latvian-born Liga Skromane, 33, was found dead after she disappeared in March 2018 in Kerala, southeast India.© Provided by Extra.ie Liga Skromane – Mr Jordan highlighted the importance of not allowing the deaths of individuals to go unsolved, no matter where in the world they die.
According to her partner Mr Jordan, 44, from Swords, north Dublin, she had been attending a wellness retreat where she was receiving treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, along with her sister. The young woman’s headless and decomposing body was found near a mangrove forest in Thiruvallam on April 21, 2018, almost 40 days after she vanished.
Despite the fact that she had been decapitated, Indian police initially ruled that Ms Skromane took her own life. They eventually accepted she had been murdered after being put under immense pressure from Mr Jordan and the family of the tragic victim.
Two men, known only as Umesh and Udayan, were later arrested and charged with first-degree murder and rape. However, they were subsequently released on bail and have been going about their daily lives ever since, with no trial date in sight.
Mr Jordan, who is still traumatised by his partner’s brutal death, said he is not convinced the men arrested had anything got to do with her murder. He said he firmly believes that corruption within the Kerala police force has severely hampered his chances of ever finding his girlfriend’s killer.
‘The court appearances and trial keeps getting postponed and there appears to be very little happening,’ he said. ‘It seems they have no real interest in it at all and are just trying to bury the whole thing. The whole thing is just a big charade. I believe the police just found two local sex offenders who seemed to fit the bill and coerced a confession out of them.
‘My suspicion is that there was someone else involved who had the money and power to buy their way out of this situation. Stuff like this happens all the time in India.’© Provided by Extra.ie Andrew Jordan has appealed to the Irish Government to convince the Indian authorities to ramp up their investigation into the horrific murder.
Ms Skromane’s body was found by a local fisherman in a swampy mangrove forest close to where she was last seen at a popular tourist beach in India. She vanished while on a trip to buy cigarettes and was last seen in a rickshaw heading to the beach on March 14, 2018.
Police said the men arrested confessed to meeting Ms Skromane on the beach before luring her to the forest to smoke cannabis. They said she passed out and was repeatedly raped. They said that when she woke up, they accidentally strangled her while trying to restrain her and strung her body up on the tree to make it look like suicide.
‘The more I look into it, the more unbelievable this story becomes,’ Mr Jordan continued. ‘The way they described the killing just doesn’t correlate with the autopsy.’ Mr Jordan, who works as an organic grower, added that he is determined not to let the case be forgotten. ‘I seem to have run out of people who I can ask for help,’ he added.
‘The Latvian embassy doesn’t want anything to do with the matter and although the Irish Government were very sympathetic to me at the time, they didn’t offer any real help. I would love for them to make contact with the Indian government and really put pressure on them to see the investigation through to the end.© Provided by Extra.ie Liga Skromane – Mr Jordan highlighted the importance of not allowing the deaths of individuals to go unsolved, no matter where in the world they die.
‘I’m looking for as much support as possible because I haven’t been able to settle back into normality. I still feel like I’m living in a surreal world and I’m just muddling by in an attempt to stay sane.’
Mr Jordan highlighted the importance of not allowing the deaths of individuals to go unsolved, no matter where in the world they die. ‘The person or persons who did this to Liga are still on the streets, which give other individuals capable of committing these crimes to think they can get away with it,’ he said. ‘I haven’t given up hope of finding justice and pray that one day there will be a breakthrough.’