Report into Sheku Bayoh death finally submitted to Crown Office
long-awaited report into the death of a Kirkcaldy father-of-two in
police custody has finally been submitted to the Crown Office.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) confirmed it
has completed a supplementary report to the Lord Advocate on the
circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh more than a year ago.
Mr Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers on May 3, 2015, and his family has been demanding answers ever since.
They are now that little bit closer to perhaps getting them, with the
Lord Advocate now set to consider the findings in the PIRC report
before deciding what appropriate action should be taken.
A spokesman for the PIRC said the independent investigation not only
looked into the circumstances surrounding Mr Bayoh’s death but also
further allegations raised by Mr Bayoh’s family and their legal
“The Commissioner appreciates that this has been a difficult period
for the family of Mr Bayoh whilst this complex and wide ranging
investigation has continued,” the spokesman added.
“A significant part of the work involved the gathering of expert
evidence from a range of specialist forensic pathologists to give a
greater understanding as to the cause of Mr Bayoh’s death.
“During the enquiry additional lines of investigation emerged which have lengthened the process.
“The Commissioner ensured that all of the matters raised were
rigorously explored so that the Lord Advocate is presented with a
comprehensive report in order that he can make informed decisions on
Although the Commissioner submitted an interim report to the Lord
Advocate in August 2015, Mr Bayoh’s family have repeatedly raised
questions about the length of time taken before this latest report was
However, the PIRC spokesman defended its handling of the probe.
“The Commissioner considered it was important that the quality of the
investigation was not compromised by speed,” the spokesman added.
“She will undertake any further enquiries as directed by the Lord Advocate.”
Aamer Anwar, the solicitor who has been acting on behalf of the Bayoh
family, criticised the fact that the investigation has taken one year
and three months to complete.
“Sadly during this period the Bayoh family’s confidence in the
robustness and impartiality of PIRC’s investigation has been shattered,”
“The Bayoh family hope that they can maintain confidence in the new
Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, to ensure all necessary further
enquiries are completed by Crown Office before any conclusion is reached
on what happens next.
“We understand that this process is likely to take some time.
“Whilst the family await the Lord Advocate’s decision on the
appropriate way to proceed, they believe there is still a need for
fundamental reform of PIRC so that no family who loses a loved one
through a death in custody is forced to set up a campaign simply to get
“As a result the Bayoh family maintain their call for a public
inquiry to be set up into the death in custody of Sheku Bayoh and into
the wider issues raised surrounding police accountability in Scotland.
“Sheku’s family and his partner Collette remain determined to fight for justice and the truth.”
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