Family of Sheku Bayoh feel ‘totally betrayed’ by decision not to prosecute police over his death
Sheku died in May 2015 after being restrained by up to nine police officers near his Kirkcaldy home.
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The family of Sheku Bayoh today told how they felt “totally betrayed” by a decision not to prosecute anyone over his death.
Gas engineer Sheku died in May 2015 after being restrained by up to nine police officers near his Kirkcaldy home.
The 31-year-old, who had taken the drugs MDMA and Flakka, was found to have suffered 23 separate injuries.
His family met with prosecutors this morning at the Crown Office building in Edinburgh .
They were left devastated after being told no criminal charges would be pursued in the case.
Sheku’s mum Aminata Bayoh, 70, said: “I returned back to Scotland last week to attend this meeting. But my heart is broken again to hear this decision.
“My only son died in the hands of police who are supposed to have protected him.”
Colette Bell, Sheku’s partner, said: “I believe that if the police hadn’t treated my Sheku the way they did, he would be here today.
“I am fed up of the lies and the attempt to blame Sheku for his own death.”
The Bayoh family’s solicitor Aamer Anwar said: “They feel totally betrayed by the Lord Advocate, for not holding power to account, for his broken promises, his betrayal of justice and failure to act in the public interest.
“Neither the family or the legal team accept the Crown’s reasoning for no criminal charges.