Sheku Bayoh’s family has ‘lost confidence’ in PIRC

The lawyer representing the family of Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody in Kirkcaldy in May, has said the family no longer has confidence in the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) inquiry into his death.

PIRC gave an interim report to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland last month.

However, solicitor Aamer Anwar said the family had conducted its own investigation and believes it has “a pretty accurate account of what happened”.

He said: “The Lord Advocate is in charge of the investigation and he promised the family it would be impartial and robust, but in recent weeks the family have lost confidence in the ability of the PIRC to deliver a robust and impartial investigation.”

Mr Bayoh’s family will meet with Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland tomorrow to ask questions about the investigation into the Kirkcaldy man’s unexplained death.

It comes after Mr Bayoh’s family joined a march and rally in Dundee city centreon Saturday, where Mr Bayoh’s brother-in-law, Ade Johnson, issued a call for “truth and justice” and criticised the conduct of Police Scotland.

The Justice for Sheku Bayoh Campaign has called for its supporters to join another march in Kirkcaldy on Sunday 6 September.

Mr Anwar added: “There’s still a great deal to be investigated, and further lines of inquiry have been opened up because matters have been reported to the Crown Office and the chief constable by ourselves.

“We have chosen not to release that into the public domain so as not to prejudice any potential criminal proceedings.”