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Scottish Labour calls for inquiry into death of man during struggle with prison guards

SCOTTISH Labour called for a full public inquiry today into the death of a man who sustained serious injuries during a struggle with prison guards.

Allan Marshall, 30, was being held on remand at HMP Edinburgh in March 2015 when he suffered a cardiac arrest during a lengthy struggle with staff.

He was dragged face down and feet first by prison officers during the incident.

Sheriff Gordon Liddle told a fatal accident inquiry that Mr Marshall’s death was entirely preventable and that the evidence of the guards involved was “mutually and consistently dishonest.”

Mr Marshall’s family are still seeking answers and recently met Scottish Labour’s justice spokeswoman Pauline McNeill.

“That Mr Marshall’s family have been denied clear answers over how and why he died is simply shocking and is an indictment on the relevant authorities,” Ms McNeill said.

“Only a public inquiry can answer the questions on Allan Marshall’s death, re-establish transparency in our criminal justice system and provide justice for his family.”

The Scottish government commissioned a review in 2019 into how prison deaths are handled, and its report is due to be published soon.

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