An Aberdeen man who died in police custody in the early hours of Tuesday morning has been named. Nicholas Paul Wood, c/o Aberdeen Cyrenians, Crown Street, was being held at Grampian Police’s headquarters on Queen Street when he died. The 34-year-old had been detained from an address in the Tillydrone area during Monday afternoon in connection with a minor assault. A Grampian Police spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of this death, which is meantime being treated as unexplained. “The next of kin are aware and a report is being prepared for submission to the Procurator Fiscal.”
SHERIFFDOM OF GRAMPIAN HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS AT ABERDEEN
SHERIFF GRAEME NAPIER
UNDER THE FATAL ACCIDENTS AND SUDDEN DEATHS INQUIRY (SCOTLAND) ACT 1976
into the death of
NICHOLAS PAUL WOOD
ABERDEEN, 31 March 2014.
The Sheriff, having resumed consideration of the cause, Determines in terms of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 as follows:
Section 6(1) (a)
1.Nicholas Paul Wood, whose date of birth was 26 July 1976, who resided at Margaret House, 72 Crown Street, Aberdeen and who was then in police custody, died at Grampian Police Headquarters, Queen Street, Aberdeen in an ambulance en route to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary or in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary between about 2344 hours on 2 May 2011 and 01.21 hours on 3 May 2011. Any ‘accident’ resulting in the death, namely the ingestion by the deceased of cocaine and other controlled drugs and prescribed drugs and the abuse of alcohol occurred at an indeterminate time before his detention and amounted to chronic drug and alcohol abuse over a number of years.
Section 6(1) (b)
2.The cause of death was drug intoxication complicated by chronic alcoholism.
Section 6(1) (c)
3.There were no reasonable precautions whereby the death might have been avoided.
Section 6(1) (d)
4.No defect in any system of working contributed to the death.