Prison officers laugh as a naked inmate is taken to hospital to die from his injuries, shocking CCTV shows. 

The final conscious moments of Allan Marshall show him dragged across a corridor in HMP Edinburgh and restrained by guards with a towel placed over his face,

Footage shows some prison officers smiling as the tragic 30-year-old is taken away by paramedics from the prison to a waiting ambulance.

Another appears to give a thumbs-up at the end, the Daily Record reports.

Mr Marshall, who died in hospital after days in an induced coma, was dragged feet-first and face down across a corridor floor and restrained by five guards – one covering each of his limbs and another stationed at his head.

A towel placed over his face in the corridor of the Segregation and Reintegration Unit as his otherwise limp body shows signs of distress.

The final conscious moments of Allan Marshall were captured in footage
 

A member of a 13-strong team of officers is seen forcefully placing his knee on Mr Marshall’s back seven seconds after he was dragged from the shower block.

A colleague, under no apparent threat, puts a foot on his back later.

Mr Marshall’s family have condemned the treatment as “a form of torture”.

They first saw the video in June 2016 in the offices of lawyer Jelina Rahman.

It has been published today with their blessing following the Crown’s decision to grant all of the prison officers involved immunity from prosecution in return for giving evidence at a Fatal Accident Inquiry, staged more than three years after his death.

Allan Marshall is pictured in hospital after the incident

Mr Marshall’s aunt Sharon MacFadyen, 46, of Rutherglen, near Glasgow, said: “We were horrified when we saw the three prison officers at the end bouncing up and down and cuddling each other. We couldn’t believe what was happening.

“Every time I watch it, I’m still appalled by what I see. I watched the incident again last week involving the three officers and had to walk out of the room.”

During the FAI, some prisoners said they heard him shout “get off me” and “I can’t breathe”.

Sharon added: “The family wondered if being held in that position, with the towel over his head, had contributed to his death, particularly as Allan suffered badly from asthma when he was young.

Stills from the video have been published with permission of Mr Marshall's family
 

“It’s no surprise he was screaming that he couldn’t breathe. We were shocked they had gone to these extremes.

“His brother Alistair said it was like a form of torture.

“Somebody said they did that to stop Allan from spitting at them. But to me that was just an excuse.”

Dad-of-two Mr Marshall had his own electrical appliance recycling business in Castlemilk, Glasgow.

He had been in prison for almost a month after being arrested outside a club following an incident involving a bouncer.

Allan Marshall died in hospital

Mr Marshall had appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on a breach of the peace charge and was remanded because of unpaid fines.

Sharon said: “When we were in our lawyer’s office, we were trying to count how many prison officers were going in and out of the shower room. We couldn’t believe there were so many for one person.

“We watched it once in her office and the next time we saw it was during the FAI, where it was shown every day.

“We can’t begin to imagine how much he suffered when he was fighting for his life. It was also shocking to watch him being dragged along the floor like a rag doll unable to defend himself.”

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The footage of the restraint only begins following a 27-minute violent struggle between Mr Marshall and as many as 13 prison officers in the shower unit, which is not covered by cameras.

Pictures taken of the unit show heavy blood stains on the floor, while there were multiple signs of injury on Mr Marshall in a photo taken when he was in a coma.

The prison officers told the FAI that Mr Marshall had been reciting prayers and behaving bizarrely in the unit, having refused to take a shower.

It was claimed that one officer had suffered a broken wrist in the incident.

Another CCTV still from the incident

Sheriff Gordon Liddle, in his published determination, ruled Mr Marshall’s death was “entirely preventable”.

He told how witnesses described prison officers hitting and stamping on Mr Marshall before sharing information prior to a police investigation.

The sheriff said: “It was clear that prison officer staff did not tell the whole truth on a number of occasions. Sometimes they appeared to be mutually and consistently dishonest.

“Allan Stewart Marshall’s death was a tragedy. I am satisfied the evidence which has been led in this inquiry amply demonstrates that Mr Marshall’s death was entirely preventable.

Allan Marshall in hospital

“There were numerous opportunities over the period from the early hours of March 22, 2015, to the end of the restraint when a decision by a prison officer to seek NHS prison medical care assistance could have broken the chain of events.

“These were instances when better training of SPS staff could have made the difference. It has, in fact, been difficult to identify anything that went significantly well.”

The first part of the 90-minute CCTV tape shows Mr Marshall being taken from his cell by four prison officers at 7.28am wearing only tracksuit bottoms.

He is taken to a cell and a short time later walks on his own from the cell to the shower room.

Almost 30 minutes later, he is seen being dragged by the feet with his face on the ground out of the shower area. Mr Marshall is eventually dragged back down the corridor out of sight of the CCTV, where nurses performed CPR.

Later, he is shown in a neck brace on a stretcher being taken from the prison – shortly before some of the officers appear to engage in a celebratory hug.

After the incident, Mr Marshall was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and died four days later after being placed in an induced coma.

Sharon added: “Obviously the Crown watched the CCTV and we cannot understand why they do not think there is anything criminal. I think Allan was put in the shower to ‘give him a doing’.

A further picture of the shower unit

"I don’t think they’ve tried to kill him but they have tried to teach him a lesson and it’s gone too far.”

At one point during the corridor restraining incident, a prison officer can be seen closing an inmate’s spy hole.

Mr Marshall’s older brother Alistair, 36, of Bellshill, Lanarkshire, added: “You can see one of them putting his foot on Allan, which is against all the rules.

“Just after 9am, you can see the guards jumping about laughing and joking as if it’s a job well done.

“There has been a massive cover-up. There is enough evidence in the CCTV for prosecution for an assault at least.”

Sharon and the family members attended all 25 days of evidence at the FAI hearing last year.

The inquiry heard a claim that Allan was suffering from excited delirium syndrome – a controversial diagnosis, with symptoms said to include agitation and unexpected strength.

Forensic pathologist Dr Robert Ainsworth said he had a heart condition which contributed to his death.

He agreed it was possible his breathing was affected by being held face down and that psychological stress could have increased the risk of cardiac arrest.

Mr Marshall was also found to have a number of blunt force injuries.

A prison nurse described officers lining up “shoulder to shoulder like a penalty shootout”. One witness, identified only as RM, said he had never seen restraint with such violence.

Toxicology tests found no evidence of any illegal drugs or legal highs in Mr Marshall’s system.

The Scottish Prison Service said: “We don’t have any further comment to offer.”