The father of tragic toddler Mikaeel Kular has claimed he was assaulted by Sheku Bayoh hours before he died in police custody
However, Zahid Saeed, who lost his three-year old son last year, said he never retaliated during the altercation with his best friend.
“Sheku was always there for me,” he said.
“I just wish I could have been there for him.”
Sheku Bayoh was pronounced dead on May 3 after numerous police officers, who used batons and CS spray, restrained him at Hayfield Road.
He had been reported to police earlier that morning for brandishing a knife.
A postmortem later revealed Mr Bayoh had nearly 30 separate injuries on his head, chest, lower legs and arms.
The Bayoh family believe the 31 year-old trainee gas engineer died from positional asphyxiation after being pinned forcibly to the ground.
However, last week Peter Watson, police lawyer, highlighted the incident in a series of ten questions which he claimed would “shape some of the answers that need answered”.
Mr Saeed (31) told the Sunday Mail he was angry at any claim which could infer that he had caused any injuries later found on Mr Bayoh.
He said both attended Sheku’s niece’s birthday party on May 2.
They left the house in Kirkcaldy, around 10pm, to go to one of their friend’s houses to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao title fight.
But as the night wore on, according to Mr Saeed, Sheku began “acting out of character” and eventually left the friend’s house.
He said: “I was concerned and followed him shortly after.
“It’s the only time I’ve seen Sheku act in such a way
“People may question this but it is simply the truth.
“I caught up with Sheku at his house - and, at this point, I tried to calm him and he lashed out at me.
“It appeared as if he was scared or upset.
“He punched me a few times but I did not hit him once and am extremely angry at any suggestion or inference that I did.
“It is an attempt to plant a seed in people’s minds that the main injuries found on Sheku’s face, head and body, could have been caused by something other than his contact with the police.
“I left Sheku’s house about 6.30am to go back to Methil and that is the last time I saw him.”