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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Hearings will resume on Tuesday 4 June 2024 at 10am.

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Latest news

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

Opening statement from Chair

Published: 16/04/2024 - 11:10am

Update on hearing programme

Published: 09/02/2024 - 10:48am

Junior counsel appointed

Published: 01/02/2024 - 4:52pm