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Lib Dems back McClelland family's call for inquiry

November 8, 2018 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today backed calls from the family of murder victim Craig McClelland for a full inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death to take place.

Mr McClelland was murdered by James Wright who had been unlawfully at large for months having breached his home detention curfew. His family have now written to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee.

Two reviews of home detention arrangements have been conducted, however the family has expressed concern that the present system is not fit for purpose and "the reviews published are wholly inadequate" and were "not specifically tasked with investigating the events and systemic failures that led to Craig's murder"

Mr McArthur said:

"Since the brutal killing of Craig McLelland, his family has pursued with both determination and immense dignity answers to the questions they quite rightly have. They have done so on their own behalf but also in the hope of preventing other families having to go through what they have suffered and are suffering.

"They are clear that the wider reviews of home detention arrangements that have taken place have left them with more questions than answers. That cannot be right.

"I hope, therefore, that the Justice Secretary will now confirm that a full independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr McClelland's murder will take place."