Prosecutions possible in M9 tragedy and Sheku Bayoh death

Lamara Bell, who died in a car crash off the M9 which was not discovered after three days
Lamara Bell, who died in a car crash off the M9 which was not discovered after three days
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POLICE Scotland staff could face criminal charges over the M9 crash controversy and the custody death of father Sheku Bayoh.

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has confirmed fatal accident inquiries into both cases were highly likely.

John Yuill

John Yuill

And he said if there was eno­ugh evidence emerging to bring a prosecution, the Crown would go ahead and press charges.

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Mr Mulholland, speaking about the M9 tragedy last year, said: “It’s a very serious case, as is Sheku Bayoh.

“We are looking at the potential criminality in both of them. There will be inquiries in both I’m sure. What we will do is work through the allegations — the families deserve that.”

He added: “If there is sufficient evidence and it’s in the public interest, they will be prosecuted.”

Lamara Bell, 25, and the body of partner John Yuill, 28, lay undiscovered for three days after police failed to follow up a tip-off about their car crashing off the M9 near Stirling last July.

She lost her fight for life four days later in hospital.

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Sheku, 31, died after being arrested and restr­ained in Kirkcaldy last May.