The household of a girl who took her personal life in a younger offenders establishment are receiving partial authorized assist for illustration at an inquiry into her demise, a court docket has heard.
A deadly accident inquiry (FAI) into the deaths of Katie Allan, 21, and William Lindsay, 16, who took their very own lives at Polmont Young Offenders Institution 4 months aside, is scheduled to start in January and final six weeks.
Ms Allan died in June 2018 whereas serving a sentence for a driving offence, and her mother and father have campaigned for 5 years for an FAI to be held.
Mr Lindsay died in October 2018, two days after being remanded on the facility.
In July, Linda and Stuart Allan, from East Renfrewshire, advised how they feared they’d be denied illustration on the FAI as they had been over the brink to qualify for authorized assist.
But attorneys for the household confirmed on Friday they’ve obtained partial authorized assist of their son’s identify, although they are going to nonetheless have to make a contribution.
A preliminary listening to at Falkirk Sheriff Court, earlier than Sheriff Simon Collins, was additionally advised the household need Crown immunity to be lifted from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) for the inquiry.
Mental well being nurses might be referred to as to provide proof and a supervisor from the SPS might be requested to establish adjustments in coverage, the court docket was advised.
Lead counsel for the Allan household, Frances McMenamin, stated: “Legal aid was approved on July 19.
“Matters are progressing as much and as quickly as they possibly can.
“A number of meetings will be scheduled within the coming weeks.
“There is regular contact with the Crown.”
Further hearings within the case might be held at Falkirk Sheriff Court on October 31 and December 18.