Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC has apologized for the Crown Office’s handling of a man’s death 25 years ago.
Kevin Macleod’s body was found in Wick Harbor on February 9, 1997. His family had asked that his death be investigated as a homicide due to the injuries on his body.
A review found it was not suspicious, but Ms Bain said the family had been disappointed at initial enquiries.
And while it couldn’t be ruled out that he was pushed, there was no indication that it had happened or that he had any enemies.
Mr Macleod’s family met Ms Bain on Wednesday.
Her uncle, Allan Macleod, said: ‘We briefed those present at the meeting on how the family had served a 25-year life sentence due to the catalog of failures, mistakes, abdications of responsibility and misunderstandings on the part of the police and the crown throughout the majority of these years.
“We have brought several outstanding concerns to the attention of the Lord Advocate, who has assured us that they will be fully investigated and a further meeting will be convened later this year.”
Ms Bain said: ‘They suffered a devastating loss and then were left behind during initial inquests into Kevin’s death. Their subsequent communication with the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service also fell below the standard they had come to expect.