Death investigations

Fatal Accident Inquiry Determination published following death of Livingston woman

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) notes the conclusion of the discretionary Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Ann Drummond.

Ann Drummond, 47, who lived in Livingston and ran a dog walking business died on 27 June 2019 at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary after being set alight by her ex-partner Kevin Marks.   

Kevin Marks had involvement with Police Scotland and NHS Lothian in the years and months leading up to the assault which led to Ms Drummond’s death. 


The purpose of an inquiry is to establish the circumstances of the death and to consider what steps, if any, may be taken to prevent other deaths in similar circumstances.    

Unlike a criminal trial, a Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAI) seeks to establish the facts surrounding the death and is not a hearing which apportions blame.     

The Procurator Fiscal led comprehensive information from a range of sources on the facts and circumstances of Ms Drummond’s death.    

Following the publication of the determination, Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on fatalities investigations for COPFS said:   

“We note and welcome the Sheriff’s determination.       

“The Procurator Fiscal ensured that the full facts and circumstances of Ms Drummond’s death were led in evidence at the discretionary Fatal Accident Inquiry.”