17 February 2017
There will be no criminal proceedings or fatal accident inquiry over the deaths of twin brothers who drowned in a fish tank at a house in Fife, the Crown Office has confirmed.
Two-year-olds Rhys and Shaun Scott were found in the garden tank at the rented house in Dalgety Bay on 12 March 2016.
They were taken by ambulance to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The owner had run a business breeding carp at the property.
A Crown Office spokesman 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.”
‘Our long-awaited little soldiers who were full of love, happiness, fun and cheek’: Parents’ heartbreaking tribute to two-year- old twins who drowned in a fish tank 12 March 2016
- Emergency services were called to Dalgety Bay, Fife, on Saturday morning
- Boys, Rhys and Shaun, taken to hospital but were pronounced dead
- Police are supporting the family and working to establish circumstances
- Devastated parents named locally as Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott
Sarah Aitken, 32, and Mervyn Scott, 30, described their sons Shaun and Rhys as being ‘full of love, happiness, fun and cheek’, adding that they will be ‘forever missed and loved’.
The twins died after apparently falling into the tank while their ‘parents thought they were playing inside’. They were described as ‘miracle babies’.
Emergency services were called to Dalgety Bay, Fife, after the children were discovered in the deep fish pond at the side of their detached home.
They were taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
It is understood previous resident, Keith Henderson, ran Okayama Koi Ltd from the property. The company’s Facebook page says it is a ‘supplier of high-quality koi from Momotaro koi farm in Japan’.
An indoor fish tank was installed at the side of the home to keep the company’s stock, it has been reported. The fish tend to require large, deep ponds.
A neighbour of the executive home, where floral tributes have been laid on the driveway, said: ‘I knew there were toddlers in the house. It’s horrible, just awful. I know they have got ponds in there. There were quite a few police officers in the back garden.’
In 2012, an application was made to Fife Council to install a £25,000 koi fish tank and enclosure at the side of the property. The tank is split into two walk-in and low-level enclosures.
Family statement issued by Sarah Aitken, 32, and Mervyn Scott, 30.
‘We would like to thank everyone for their support at this unfortunate and difficult time. We give special thanks to all the medical staff, family, friends, neighbours and the police for their efforts, hard work and time spent helping and trying to revive our miracle babies. Both boys were long awaited little soldiers who were full of love, happiness, fun and cheek. Individually and together they have touched the lives of everyone they met. We along with our family and friends are still in shock and devastated at such a tragic loss from such a freak accident. They have been taken from us far too early and will be forever missed and loved. We wish to be left alone and be given the privacy needed to grieve.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3489422/Two-year-old-twin-boys-drown-falling-fish-pond.html
Police contact safety watchdog over twins’ fish tank deaths
The police investigation is focusing on the accessibility of the fish tank at the house, which had been fitted with an observation deck separated by a low wall by the previous occupant, Keith Henderson, for his business selling Japanese koi carp.
The tank, which was in a lean-too enclosure, was built next to the detached mock Tudor house after Henderson was given planning approval by Fife council in 2012. He is understood to be living abroad but his son Michael confirmed that Henderson, 57, still owned the property.
Michael Henderson would not comment on the investigation. He said they “just wanted to let the police get on with their inquiry”.
The HSE is offering Police Scotland advice on potential lines of investigation but has not yet taken a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence of a link between the deaths and the former business based there to justify its formal involvement.
After the initial enquiry, the case will be handed over to specialist prosecutors with the Scottish fatalities investigation unit for review. An HSE spokeswoman said: “We were contacted by police following the incident and we are liaising with them to try and establish whether there is any call for the HSE to be involved going forward.”
Other MSM ‘reports’
- Dalgety Bay, Fife twin boys who drowned in garden pond pictured
- Two-year-old twins drown in garden pond in Dalgety Bay
- Twin boys drown at residence in Dalgety Bay, Fife
- Twin boys drown in Dalgety Bay garden pond
Tragedy as twins, aged two, drown in ‘fish pond’
It is not the first time tragedy has struck the quiet street of modern, detached homes. In 2014 teenager Cameron Lancaster died carrying out an ‘ice bucket challenge’ at Prestonhill Quarry, near Inverkeithing. The family had lived in the street for 14 years before moving away just 10 weeks before he died at the age of 18.
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