Crown Office ruling on drowning deaths of tragic two year-old twin brothers

Crown Office ruling on drowning deaths of tragic two year-old twin brothers

Following the terrible tragedy of the deaths of twin toddler brothers who drowned in a fish tank in Dalgety Bay, the Crown Office has decided no fatal accident inquiry is to be held.

Little Rhys and Shaun Scott, 2, tragically died after falling into the tank at the family home in March 2016.

Despite the efforts of their parents, local police and emergency services to save them, the twins were pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.

Anguished parents Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott have been informed of the Crown’s decision.

The Crown Office has also decided no criminal proceedings will follow the tragedy.

It is understood the family home, which was rented, was previously registered as a carp breeding company by the property owner.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the case because of the business  registered at the address.  The company was not run by or associated to Ms Aitken or Mr Scott.

rhys scott, left, and shaun scott, right


The Crown Office said: “Crown counsel have concluded that there should be no criminal proceedings following the tragic deaths of Rhys and Shaun Scott at their home in Dalgety Bay in March 2016.

“After carefully considering the reports that were submitted to the procurator fiscal, crown counsel have also decided that there should be no fatal accident inquiry as the reasons for the tragedy were established during the course of the investigation.

“That investigation was carried out by Police Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive and Fife Council, with oversight from the specialist Scottish fatalities investigation unit of the Crown Office.

“The family of Rhys and Shaun have been informed of crown counsel’s instructions.”

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