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Police Scotland chief met with officers before they gave evidence over death

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2466

Members of Sheku Bayoh’s family and their lawyer Aamer Anwar

Members of Sheku Bayoh’s family and their lawyer Aamer Anwar (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Police Scotland chief Sir Stephen House met officers being probed over a man’s death in custody weeks before they gave statements to independent investigators.

The Daily Record newspaper revealed that House spoke to officers within days of Sheku Bayoh dying. He had been restrained by up to nine officers in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on the 3 May this year.

House even travelled to see one cop at her home. Police Scotland claim it was a “welfare visit”.

The officers did not speak to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner until four weeks after Sheku’s death.

The police watchdog delivered an interim report last week but continue to probe the “complex lines of inquiry” around Sheku’s death and the cops’ conduct.

House’s decision to meet the officers involved has been slammed by Sheku’s family.

His partner Collette Bell called for the police chief’s resignation, “He has no respect for us and to this day we have had no apology for the way we were treated and the lies told to us on the day Sheku died.”

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