An independent public inquiry set up to examine the events surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh, the subsequent investigation and whether race was a factor

Sheku Bayoh died on 3 May 2015 after an incident in the street in Kirkcaldy involving officers of Police Scotland.

Mr Bayoh, who was 31, left behind a partner, two young sons and a close family.

The purpose of the Inquiry is to examine:

  • the immediate circumstances leading to the death of Mr Bayoh
  • how the police dealt with the aftermath
  • the subsequent investigation into the death
  • whether race was a factor

The Inquiry can also make recommendations to prevent deaths in similar circumstances.

Read the full terms of reference here.

The Inquiry is chaired by Lord Bracadale.

Photograph: Courtesy of the Bayoh family

Photograph: Courtesy of the Bayoh family

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You'll find the latest updates from the Inquiry below.

Hearings to resume at end of month

Published: 15/08/2023 - 2:33pm

Hearing schedule update

Published: 24/05/2023 - 3:44pm

Decision published

Published: 17/05/2023 - 11:33am