Aberdeen council admits locking up flat with dead man inside

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Aberdeen council bosses have pledged to make changes after a flat was padlocked while a man lay dead inside – but his mother has vowed to fight for answers.

Father-of-one Michael Stewart, 32, was discovered in his property in the city’s Balnagask Avenue on March 8 by police carrying out a welfare check.

It later emerged he had been dead for several weeks.

The local authority has now revealed a workman had padlocked the door in February following complaints about a broken lock. It is understood the flat was not checked before a decision was made to lock it up.

A council spokesman said the authority was helping with police inquiries, and said procedures would be changed.

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