Police ordered to review complaints
A POLICE watchdog has demanded the force reinvestigates complaints from a woman whose brother set himself on fire a day after being released from custody.
Malcolm Fraser, 40, died weeks after suffering severe burns to his face, hands and body, after he set himself alight on Laird Street on April 8 2016.
He had previously appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court accused of two rapes against a woman, two sexual assaults against a woman and two counts of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a child.
After his death, Fraser’s sister lodged a series of complaints regarding his treatment over three days in custody at Tayside Division’s Bell Street headquarters before his court appearance.
Allegations included Fraser not being seen by a doctor in custody, not being given his medication and that he had not eaten for two days.
Another allegation is that his solicitor felt he was not fit for an interview and advised him to refuse one – however he was then interviewed without a solicitor.
Fraser’s sister also claims she told police he needed to see a doctor about his mental health but, despite being put i n a “suicide suit”, he never received a psychiatric assessment. She also claimed to have offered to bring her brother’s medication to Bell Street but said she was never contacted after being told she would be if the medication was required.
Police Scotland carried out an internal review, resulting in changes to the system for recording information shared between police and NHS, and the implimentation of a pre-release risk assessment process.
However, none of the complaints was upheld by the force.
But now the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has ordered a reinvestigation and instructed the police to re-examine all the woman’s complaints.
A PIRC statement said: “We consider that further inquiries should have been carried out into the complaints and that Police Scotland should have informed the applicant of the findings of the internal review.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are in the process of re-examining the complaints as directed by PIRC and will provide a response to them within the required timescale.”
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