Sturgeon refuses to back custody inquiry after death of local man

Sheku Bayoh

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to commit to a full inquiry into custody arrangements in Scotland in the wake of the death of Sheku Bayoh in Fife two years ago.

However, the SNP leader promised her government would see what lessons could be learned from a UK inquiry.

Dame Elish Angiolini’s report called for a ban on former police officers leading custody death investigations.

She also wanted a team of independent investigators to be on call 24 hours a day.

Mr Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Kirkcaldy in May 2015.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Claire Baker, a Labour MSP in Fife, said: “Will the First Minister today commit to holding an inquiry and can I also ask for her response to Dame Elish Angiolini’s report?”

Ms Sturgeon said ministers would “carefully consider” the report, but said there were differences between the English and Scottish system for custody arrangements.

Ms Baker added: “I’m disappointed in the response from the First Minister.

“It is vital Sheku Bayoh’s family get answers over what happened the day he died.”