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Fatal Accident Inquiries

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. These are usually held in the sheriff court, but may be held in other premises where appropriate. We publish summaries of some FAIs, particularly in cases where there is wider public interest. The summaries provide details of the case, the main findings of the inquiry and a link to the sheriff's full determination. 

For a full list of all fatal accident inquiry determinations published on the SCTS website click here.

Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Michael Towell

Friday, 5 April, 2019
Fatal Accident Inquiries

The following is a summary of the Determination of Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull, following a Fatal Accident Inquiry held at Glasgow into the death of Michael Towell, a professional boxer, who died on 30 September 2016, from a head injury sustained in the final eliminator contest for the British welterweight championship against Dale Evans the previous evening.

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Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Daniel McSweeney

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019
Fatal Accident Inquiries

The following is a summary of the determination of Sheriff David N Mackie in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Daniel McSweeney, who died on 29 September 2014 at HM Prison Glenochil.

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Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of baby N

Monday, 5 February, 2018
Fatal Accident Inquiries

The following is a summary of the determination of Sheriff Pino Di Emidio in the application of the Procurator Fiscal for the District of Forfar in respect of the death of N, who died on 30 September 2012 at the Community Maternity Unit in Montrose Royal Infirmary.

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Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Ciaran James Williamson

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Fatal Accident Inquiries

The following is a summary of the main findings in the Determination by Sheriff Linda Ruxton following a Fatal Accident Inquiry held in Glasgow into the circumstances of the death of Ciaran James Williamson, aged eight, who was killed on 16 May 2015 when he was crushed by a gravestone in a Glasgow cemetery.

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Fatal Accident Inquiry: Glasgow bin lorry crash

Monday, 7 December, 2015
Fatal Accident Inquiries

A summary of the Determination by Sheriff John Beckett QC, following a Fatal Accident Inquiry held at Glasgow into the deaths John Kerr Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney, Erin Paula McQuade, Stephenie Catherine Tait, Gillian Margaret Ewing, and Jacqueline Morton.

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