Prison death attack accused off to Carstairs

A CARRICK man found unfit to stand trial has been detained in Carstairs State Hospital without limit of time for his role in a gruesome murder at Kilmarnock Prison.

At the High Court in Edinburgh last Thursday, judge Lord Uist ruled that 20-year-old Andrew Kiltie was insane and ordered him confined to the psychiatric hospital, which houses some of Scotland's most disturbed and dangerous patients.

Kiltie, from Girvan, was captured on the prison's CCTV system as he kicked and punched the inmate on the body and head. Tragic Michael Cameron, 21, died later in hospital as a direct result of the horrific injuries sustained in the 2006 attack.

The ruling came as Inspector for Carrick Stewart Gaudin, of Strathclyde Police, spent his last weeks at Girvan police station in the run-up to his retirement yesterday, after 32 years in the force.

In an exclusive interview with the Gazette, Inspector Gaudin took the opportunity to speak his mind about what he sees as the serious under-funding of Scottish police and prisons, especially in light of the killing at Kilmarnock jail, where there weren't enough prison officers on hand to intervene.

Inspector Gaudin said: "The big challenge for policing today is that it is so under-resourced.

"A whole co-ordinated approach to law and order is needed which no government seems willing to take on, on the grounds of cost. The problem is actually a simple one – to stop crime you need more police officers and more prisons, and they are expensive. But if society wants law and order, they have to pay for it."

In his years of policing, the inspector has formed strong views, many of which are far from fashionable these days.

He is horrified at the taxpayers' money wasted on keeping together dysfunctional families whose members are involved in crime after crime, and believes the money would be better spent on hiring more officers to walk the beat.

And he has no time for the "prison doesn't work" notions spouted by many. Inspector Gaudin said: "Prison does work. It keeps people from committing crimes because they're off the street. And it doesn't have to be so expensive. To look to alternatives to prison is absolute madness."

He slammed the lack of police numbers in comparison to our neighbours on the continent. The officer said: "We are appallingly badly off compared to Europe, where there are more police officers on duty in a single piazza in Rome than in the whole of South Ayrshire on a weekend night shift.

"Paris can call on a combined police reserve totalling 60,000 officers – it is shocking and frustrating that in the whole of Strathclyde Police, stretching from Glasgow to Oban to near Stranraer and taking in the huge Central Belt, the whole force is around 7,500."

Inspector Gaudin called recent Scottish Government talks about adding a few hundred extra police officers "risible" and compared it to rearranging deck chairs on the Titantic.

He said: "It's just tinkering around the edges. The Government does not understand how each new law they make increases the demands on both policing and incarceration. They need to increase police numbers and presence. This is not a complicated problem to fix, although it seems beyond the grasp of any government - they just need to bite the bullet and pay for it."

And the inspector - who also thanked his officers for their hard work and local people for their co-operation - also called for sentencing to be taken far more seriously.

He said: "If prisoners are kept in jail longer it will work to reduce crime. A life sentence should mean life."

Kiltie's co-accused David Martin, 20, who kicked Mr Cameron, stamped on his head, hit him with a chair and poured boiling water over him before pummelling him with the kettle, was jailed for a minimum of 24 years.

Kiltie can be freed from Carstairs only with the approval of the Scottish Government.