Death investigations

FAI court process begins for the death of hotel director

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has lodged a First Notice to begin the court process for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the death of Gregor Deakin.

Mr Deakin, 48, died on 6 October 2021 after an accident where a JCB being driven by him fell off the pier at Ardeonaig Hotel, Killin and landed in Loch Tay.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 March 2024 at Stirling Sheriff Court. 

The purpose of a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) includes determining the cause of death; the circumstances in which the deaths occurred, and to establish what, if any, reasonable precautions could have been taken, and could be implemented in the future, to minimise the risk of future deaths in similar circumstances.      

Unlike criminal proceedings, FAIs are inquisitorial in nature, and are used to establish facts rather than to apportion blame.       

It is anticipated that the Inquiry will consider any precautions which could reasonably have been taken and which might realistically have resulted in the death having been avoided and any defects in any system of working which contributed to the death or any accident resulting in the death. 

Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on death investigations for COPFS, said:       

“The death of Gregor Deakin occurred while in the course of his employment and as such a Fatal Accident Inquiry is mandatory.    

“The lodging of the First Notice enables FAI proceedings to commence under the direction of the Sheriff.      

“Mr Deakin’s family will continue to be kept informed of significant developments as court proceedings progress.”