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Jury reach decision on unlawful killing at Hillsborough

Jurors have reached a majority decision on whether the victims of the Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed.

Jurors have concluded that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. | Image credit: ©Ian Hodgson / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock
Jurors have concluded that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. | Image credit: ©Ian Hodgson / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock

Ninety-six Liverpool fans lost their lives when they were crushed in the terrace during an FA cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on 15 April 1989.

The nine person jury have been deliberating since 6 April after listening to evidence for two years. The hearing make up has been the longest running inquest in British legal history.

The conclusions will be formally returned at 11:00BST on Today.

Chief superintendent David Duckenfield was in overall charge of the police operation on the day.

Jurors have been given 14 questions to decide how the 96 people died.

Question 6, which relates to unlawful killing, incorporates four steps that jurors must consider when answering. They are: 

•    That chief superintendent Duckenfield owed a duty of care to the 96 who died
•    That he was in breach of that duty of care
•    That the breach of this duty of care caused the deaths
•    That the breach which caused the deaths amounted to “gross negligence.”

 

 

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