Sheku Bayoh investigation branded a ‘national disgrace’ as family sues Police Scotland

Aamer Anwar

A probe into the death of Sheku Bayoh has been described as a “national disgrace” by his family and their solicitor as they launch a £1.8 million civil case against Police Scotland.

Mr Bayou, 31, died after being restrained by officers who were responding to a call in Kirkcaldy on this day, three years ago.

Aamer Anwar, solicitor for the family, criticised the police as well as the Crown Office and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, saying the family had been given no answers.

Mr Anwar (pictured) said the restraint used by officers was “not reasonable, proportionate or necessary and resulted in Sheku suffering positional asphyxiation”.

He added: “Sheku’s family have always said if he broke the law then arrest him, but any use of force had to be lawful, proportionate and necessary in the circumstances, but he did not deserve to die.

“Last Friday a summons was served on the present chief constable for the actions of officers three years ago under the leadership of then chief constable Stephen House. The action for damages in the Court of Session is for £1.85 million in the name of his family.”

He also called on PIRC commissioner Kate Frame to resign as the body had failed “to adhere to its values of integrity, impartiality and respect”.

“I wish to state on behalf of Sheku’s family that the investigation into the death of Sheku Bayoh was a national disgrace, to date no officer was suspended without prejudice and despite a final report delivered by Pirc to the Lord Advocate in 2016 he is yet to take action.

“The passage of time means that memories fade and evidence disappears or deteriorates. Sheku’s loved ones never wanted to go to court but they will not give up.”