Po­lice or­dered to re­view com­plaints

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ADAM HILL

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.”

A MUM and daugh­ter duo have lopped off their locks in a bid to raise money for an Alzheimer’s char­ity — in mem­ory of a fam­ily mem­ber who had the ill­ness.Lind­sey Eppy and daugh­ter Stacey Dou­glas, 26, took part in a spon­sored head shave at Room 39 on Dura Street for Alzheimer Scot­land.

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