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BY ANDY PHILIP AND CRAIG ROBERT­SON THE fam­ily of a woman pic­tured taped to a chair and gagged fear a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­view into the case could push her to sui­cide.

Ma­rine Scot­land fish­eries of­fi­cer DeeAnn Fitz­patrick ap­peared tied up in shock­ing im­ages.

She claimed she was bul­lied and ha­rassed be­tween 2015 and 2017 while work­ing at the agency’s of­fice in Scrab­ster, Caith­ness.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have now been ac­cused of a “cover-up”, with DeeAnn’s fam­ily claim­ing they weren’t con­sulted on the find­ings of a re­view be­fore it was pub­lished on Thurs­day.

In a state­ment sent to First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, the fam­ily said: “Since the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted months ago, you could have had the com­mon de­cency to BY XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Dgdgddgdg dgdgdgdgdgd speak to her. This en­tire in­ves­ti­ga­tion has sought no res­o­lu­tion to the decade of abuse suf­fered by DeeAnn. HR and se­nior man­age­ment seek to en­sure she does not have a fu­ture with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

“It’s one mas­sive cover-up from an un­eth­i­cal and amoral gov­ern­ment that can’t con­cede to mis­do­ings.

“I don’t know how you all sleep at night but if this ridicu­lous de­ci­sion on your be­half brings our sis­ter to sui­cide, you won’t have to worry about back­lash and the pub­lic out­cry be­cause it will be your fault.”

In May, Stur­geon said the im­age of the Cana­dian na­tional bound to a chair with tape was hor­ri­fy­ing.

In June, DeeAnn lost her case at an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal.

The im­age was not con­sid­ered as it was said to have hap­pened more than three years be­fore the com­plaint was brought.

Last night, Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said: “It is an ab­so­lute cover-up and no mem­ber of staff should be treated in this way.

“At the very least, the First Min­is­ter should have in­vited DeeAnn to a pri­vate meet­ing to dis­cuss the re­view.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has ro­bust dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures to ad­dress be­hav­iour that falls be­low ex­pected stan­dards. We are sat­is­fied these have been fol­lowed thor­oughly and ob­jec­tively in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent.”

CAPS BUL­LET THEN PIANO KEYS M TO CHANGE FONT THANKS IN HERE THANK BULLY CLAIMS DeeAnn TIME BARRED Pic­ture of DeeAnn wasn’t con­sid­ered at tri­bunal as it hap­pened three years be­fore her com­plaint was lodged

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