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Prisoner who watched Allan Marshall being dragged to his death in jail vows to help with new probe

A prisoner who watched Allan Marshall being dragged to his loss of life has vowed to assist the brand new police probe.

The inmate, who noticed the violent incident from the hatch at his cell door at HMP Edinburgh, mentioned he’ll give proof at any new trial.

The 44-year-old, who can’t be named for authorized causes, is at the moment awaiting trial at HMP Grampian in Peterhead and welcomes the brand new investigation.

CCTV footage from Saughton Jail when guards assault inmate Allan Marshall who later died in hospital

He mentioned: “It was a shame what occurred to Allan and the actual fact it was swept underneath the carpet on the time.

“I’m happy they’re lastly taking what I noticed severely and the boy’s household are going to see some justice in spite of everything this time.

“I’m comfortable to talk with the police and provides proof at any future trial.”

Earlier this month, Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain ordered police to start a “company murder” investigation into the Scottish Jail Service (SPS) over remand prisoner Allan’s loss of life in hospital on March 28, 2015.

Allan Marshall's death at Saughton Prison was found to be 'entirely preventable' by an FAI
Allan Marshall (Picture: Accumulate)

His case provoked widespread fury after we revealed CCTV footage from March 24 that yr displaying the 30-year-old being dragged bare down a hall with a towel over his face, having suffered a number of accidents. Dramatic proof from jail officers on the 2018 Deadly Accident Inquiry was branded “dishonest”, whereas testimony from three prisoners was accepted by the sheriff.

Final week, we revealed the names of six jail officers on the centre of the incident as David McAdam, John Nicol, Brian Fraser, Steven Banks, Charles Kivlin and Kevin O’Hara.

They had been amongst 13 given lifelong immunity from prosecution in 2018 in return for testifying on the FAI.

Nonetheless, they may very well be referred to as to present proof at any future trial involving the SPS.

The inmate, who has ­convictions for fraud and dishonesty, can be prepared to present proof in any civil motion Allan’s household may take towards the SPS.

The brand new probe follows a gathering between the Lord Advocate and Allan’s household final March, after they expressed considerations over the investigation.

Allan was remanded to Saughton on March 2, 2015, after showing at Hamilton Sheriff Courtroom on a breach of the peace cost.

The SPS has mentioned it is going to ­cooperate with the ­investigation.

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