Cortege for man who died in custody

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Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The funeral of a man who died in custody will take place today with a two minute silence planned as the cortege passes a police station.

Sheku Bayoh, 31, was detained following an incident in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on May 3 and died in custody.

Five weeks on, a celebration of his life will take place with a funeral procession starting at 12pm from the point he was held in the town’s Hayfield Road.

The cortege will stop at Kirkcaldy Police Station for the two minute silence before making its way to Kirkcaldy Islamic Centre for prayers after which Mr Bayoh will be laid to rest at the Dysart Muslim Cemetery.

Mr Bayoh’s family and solicitor Aamer Anwar will hold a press conference in the town after the funeral.

An investigation into the father-of-two’s death is being undertaken by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said officers had been responding to a call of a man brandishing a knife and that a female officer was injured during the incident.

Mr Bayoh’s family have questioned why no officer has been suspended while the inquiry takes place and Mr Anwar has criticised the SPF, saying that the officers should have spoken to PIRC immediately after the death.

PIRC said it had made ”several attempts” to secure statements from the officers, who have now agreed to provide them.

Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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