Sheku Bayoh: The Inquiry podcast – The golden hours 5

Sheku Bayoh: The Inquiry podcast – The golden hours

Episode five: The golden hours

Sheku Bayoh: The Inquiry podcast – The golden hours 6

“Something’s gone wrong during that apprehension of Sheku which has led to his death, so the police are going to be scrutinised for  it, and rightly so. So transparency is massive, we have to be seen to be transparent and not hide anything, as open and honest as we possibly can.Retired detective chief inspector, Keith Hardie

As the sun rises in the early hours of the morning, or as it sets at the end of the day, the light appears warmer and softer. These are known as the golden hours.

There are golden hours in police-speak too. Those are the first 24 hours or so that give detectives the best opportunity to gather evidence that may be of significance.

In this episode of Sheku Bayoh: The Inquiry, we’ll hear about the progress of the police investigation in those so-called golden hours.

We’ll listen to officers from all the different parts of the Police Scotland force involved, including those who contradict each other.

And we’ll look at the claims from Sheku’s family and friends about how the priorities and approach of the investigation impacted on their trust in the police, and what that means for wider Scottish society.

Read the script in full

  • Written and produced by Karin Goodwin
  • Research and additional writing by Tomiwa Folorunso
  • Recording, editing and sound design by Halina Rifai
  • Original music by Alan Bryden

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