Fatal accident inquiry system failing, says Scotland’s Fife Council

Sheku Bayoh & Family
Sheku Bayoh & Family

source: The Courier
published: 22 March 2019

Scotland’s fatal accident investigation system must be overhauled, Fife councillors have demanded. Members said it was unacceptable that families were waiting up to eight years for fatal accident inquiries to be conducted.

Critics say people are being put at risk as delays mean witnesses’ recollection of events can be dulled and opportunities to learn lessons are being lost.

Fife Council has agreed to call for a full independent review of Scotland’s FAI system with the aim of reducing timescales and addressing a lack of confidence.

FAIs are held into deaths which happen due to a workplace accident, deaths in custody or those which are sudden, suspicious, unexplained or give rise to serious public concern.

They allow the cause to be determined and highlight any precautions which could have prevented the death.

Almost four years after his death in police custody, the family of Kirkcaldy man Sheku Bayoh are still waiting to learn when an FAI will be held.

Relatives of John Yuill and Lamara Bell are also waiting for an FAI four years after the fatal M9 crash near Stirling after which they lay undiscovered in his car for three days.

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