Sheku Bayoh: Shut pal claims black man was ‘murdered in police custody’ in emotional testimony

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The shut pal of a black man who died whereas being held by cops has claimed he was “murdered”.

Sheku Bayoh died after officers responded to reports of a man in an agitated state carrying a knife in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 3 Could 2015.

The 31-year-old was hit with batons, CS spray and pepper spray and had been restrained on the pavement with wrist and leg ties.

His greatest pal Zahid Saeed, who had identified Mr Bayoh since he was 17, gave proof at a public investigation into the loss of life on Friday.

“The reality is he (Mr Bayoh) was murdered in police custody,” Mr Saeed informed the inquiry in Edinburgh.

In a written assertion, he mentioned Mr Bayoh had taken medicine the night time earlier than he died.

The 38-year-old appeared reluctant to reply questions on his pal’s behaviour and was preventing again tears, saying he couldn’t keep in mind occasions from seven years in the past and was traumatised.

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“First one was my son who was killed, then my pal, who was murdered in police custody,” he mentioned.

“That has brought on trauma. The questions you ought to be asking is to the cops, not me, not me.”

Mr Saeed’s proof was adjourned till a later date.

Sheku Bayoh's close friend Zahid Saeed became emotional as he gave evidence
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Sheku Bayoh’s shut pal Zahid Saeed turned emotional as he gave proof

Combat with man in backyard

Neighbours additionally referred to as to present proof mentioned they’d seen Mr Bayoh preventing with one other man and carrying an eight-inch kitchen knife hours earlier than he was pronounced lifeless.

Neil Morgan, who lived reverse Mr Bayoh, mentioned he noticed his neighbour – who he knew as “Chris” – preventing somebody in a close-by backyard as he returned house from working an evening shift at about 7am.

The witness mentioned he noticed Mr Bayoh carrying the kitchen knife, recalling how “he was tapping it on his leg, and I mentioned to him, ‘you possibly can’t go spherical with that knife, you may get performed’.

“Then he rotated to me and he mentioned: ‘It is not even sharp’… and kind of poked it at my stomach.”

Sheku Bayoh's mother Aminata and sister Kosna
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Sheku Bayoh’s mom Aminata and sister Kosna

‘Good neighbour and pleasant’

Mr Morgan mentioned he had not felt “threatened” by Mr Bayoh and as a substitute his “greatest concern” was wanting him to “come house… are available in and have a cup of espresso”.

He mentioned Mr Bayoh was a “very nice man” and “by no means no hassle” however on the morning of his loss of life he “wasn’t himself” and had “starry” and “gazey” eyes.

One other neighbour, Naomi Rhodes, additionally mentioned she had seen Mr Bayoh preventing with one other man outdoors her bed room window the identical morning.

She mentioned Mr Bayoh, who she had identified for 4 years, was a “good neighbour and pleasant natured, by no means any problem”.

The inquiry, earlier than Lord Bracadale, continues.

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