CCTV shows lag dragged to death by guards ‘who laughed’ after violent struggle
প্রকাশিত তারিখ : August 25, 2019 | আপডেট সময়: 7:12 PM
Shocking CCTV footage shows the devastating final moments of a prisoner at the hands of officers at Saughton Prison.
Allan Marshall died in custody at the jail after a 30 minute ordeal with a 13-strong team of officers who forcefully restrained him in a shower unit.
Mr Marshall was dragged naked and feet first and face down across a corridor as officers held each of his limbs.
The footage of the restraint begins following a 27-minute violent struggle between Mr Marshall and 13 prison officers in the shower unit.
It also appears to show officers laughing and smiling as his battered body is taken away by paramedics.
Pictures of the unit – which is not covered by cameras – show heavy blood stains on the floor.
Mr Marshall’s aunt Sharon MacFadyen said: “We were horrified when we saw the three prison officers at the end bouncing up and down and cuddling each other.
“We couldn’t believe what was happening.
“Every time I watch it, I’m still appalled by what I see.
“I watched the incident again last week involving the three officers and had to walk out of the room.”
According to reports, some prisoners have said they heard Mr Marshall shout “get off me” and “I can’t breathe.”
The first part of the CCTV tape shows Mr Marshall being led from his cell by four prison officers at 7.28am.
Just 30 minutes later, he is seen being dragged by the feet with his face on the ground out of the shower area.
Mr Marshall is then dragged back down the corridor out of sight of the CCTV where nurses performed CPR.
Moments after Mr Marshall can be seen on a stretched being taken from prison in a neck brace as officers appear to engage in a celebratory hug.
Tragically, the electrician died four days later after being placed in an induced coma.
The report has been published following the Crown’s decision to grant all of the prison officers involved immunity from prosecution in return for giving evidence at a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
Ms MacFadyen said: “The family wondered if being held in that position, with the towel over his head, had contributed to his death, particularly as Allan suffered badly from asthma when he was young.
“It’s no surprise he was screaming that he couldn’t breathe
“We were shocked they had gone to these extremes… his brother Alistair said it was like a form of torture.
“Somebody said they did that to stop Allan from spitting at them but to me that was just an excuse.”
The dad-of-two had been in prison for about a month after being arrested outside a club following an incident involving a bouncer.
Mr Marshall had appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on a breach of the peace charge and had been remanded because of unpaid fines.
His aunt said: “When we were in our lawyer’s office, we were trying to count how many prison officers were going in and out of the shower room.
“We couldn’t believe there were so many for one person.
“We watched it once in her office and the next time we saw it was during the FAI where it was shown every day.
“We can’t begin to imagine how much he suffered when he was fighting for his life.
“It was also shocking to watch him being dragged along the floor like a rag doll unable to defend himself.”
In his published determination, Sheriff Gordon Liddle, ruled Mr Marshall’s death was “entirely preventable”
He said: “It was clear that prison officer staff did not tell the whole truth on a number of occasions.
“Sometimes they appeared to be mutually and consistently dishonest.
“Allan Stewart Marshall’s death was a tragedy. I am satisfied the evidence which has been led to this inquiry amply demonstrates that Mr Marshall’s death was entirely preventable.
“There were numerous opportunities over the period from the early hours of March 22, 2015, to the end of the restraint when a decision by a prison officer to seek NHS prison medical care assistance could have broken the chain of events.
“These were instances when better training of SPS staff could have made the difference.
“It has, in fact, been difficult to identify anything that went significantly well.”
The officers claimed the incident occurred after Mr Marshall began acting strangely in the unit and refused to take a shower.
The Scottish Prison Service said: “We don’t have any further comment to offer.”
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