source: The Herald Scotland
published: 23 September 2018
The family of Sheku Bayoh are said to be “extremely distressed” after a decision in the investigation into his death in custody was leaked to the press before they were told of the outcome.
Mr Bayoh’s partner and family discovered in a newspaper that the officers involved in the case will not face prosecution over his death.
The 31-year-old died after being restrained by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on May 3, 2015. His partner and family have waited years to hear the outcome of the long-running inquiry, only to read about it in a Sunday newspaper ahead of a formal meeting with the Crown Office.
The Scottish Mail on Sunday quoted a “well-placed source within the justice system” as it revealed that the Lord Advocate does not believe the evidence in the case supports a prosecution.
Lawyer Aamer Anwar, who acts on behalf of the Bayoh family, told The Herald that Mr Bayoh’s relatives were due to meet with the Crown Office next month to find out the decision.
The solicitor said: “The family is of course extremely distressed that anyone in the Crown Office should seek to leak the result of the inquiry before even meeting the family.