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


The Inquiry's first preliminary hearing was held on 18 November 2021. 

Chair Lord Bracadale and senior counsel Angela Grahame QC provided a progress update and outlined the Inquiry's approach to evidential hearings.

Latest news

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

Preliminary hearing announced

Published: 07/10/2021 - 9:13am

Preliminary hearing to be held on 18 November 2021

Media advisory published

Published: 15/09/2021 - 9:22am

Media advisory issued in relation to a restriction order made by the Chair


Restriction order published

Published: 15/09/2021 - 8:47am

The Inquiry has published a restriction order