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Hillsborough Trial: Chief Guilty of ‘Manslaughter’ of 96 Football Fans


An inquest into the 1989 disaster in which 96 football fans lost their lives due to a crush in the Hillsborough stadium inferred that the incident occurred unlawfully.

After 27 years of struggle, the families of the victims heaved a sigh of relief as the court ruled the unlawfulness of the disaster. The jury concluded that it was because of the failure of the commander Chief Supt. David Duckenfield in handling the crowd at the FA Cup semi-final that resulted in the deadly incident on April 15, 1989. The court said that South Yorkshire’s Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” that led to the death of so many Liverpool supporters.

The jury’s coroner, Sir John Goldring, led the inquest that gave a verdict on the matter. The proceedings mentioned police errors as one of the vital reason that prompted to such a dangerous situation at the match at Hillsborough stadium. Prime Minister David Cameron said the jury proved that the football fans were not responsible for the disaster contrary to accounts that “fans were drunk, stole from the bodies, and urinated on officers.” The panel consisted of nine jury members who reached a unanimous decision on the sporting disaster that occurred 27 years ago.

The coroner said that he would accept the verdict that majority of members would be supporting. Seven out of nine judges favoured the fans and ruled that it was in no way their fault that led to the crush at the stadium.

“God bless the jury,” a voice cried from the public seat’s row after the jury’s decision came out. According to The Guardian, the families gathered together during a break in the legal proceedings and uttered the Liverpool’s football club’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The BBC reported that Tony Bland, the 96th victim of the crush at Hillsborough stadium, died in 1993 due to brain damage caused by the incident.

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