Family of Sheku Bayoh slam Crown after failing to charge officers who restrained him


Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh
Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh

source: Daily Record
published: 29 January 2017

The family of a man who died in police custody have criticised the Crown Office for failing to decide whether to charge officers who restrained him. Sheku Bayoh , 31, lost consciousness after being restrained by officers in Kirkcaldy in May 2015.

But after almost three years his family have still not been told whether anyone will be prosecuted. Bayoh’s sister Kadi Johnson has demanded to know why it’s taken so long for a decision to be made on criminal charges.

She said: “We want whoever is responsible to be held responsible. This has really changed our lives. Waiting for three years, not knowing how our brother died. It hurts a lot.

“They have taken away so many chances that we had with our brother. Mum is so devastated. She cries every day for our baby boy. It has changed our lives.”

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner first submitted a report into the incident to the Crown Office in August 2015. A Crown Office spokesman said: “We recently met with the family of Sheku Bayoh, and their legal team, to keep them informed about the status of the investigation.”

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