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Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield retrial

  • 25/06/2019
David Duckenfield arriving at courtImage copyright PA
Image caption David Duckenfield was the match commander at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium in 1989

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is to face a retrial over the deaths of 95 football fans.

In April, a jury failed to reach a verdict on the former chief superintendent, who had denied gross negligence manslaughter.

Lawyers acting for Mr Duckenfield, 74, of Ferndown, Dorset, opposed an application for a retrial over the 1989 stadium disaster.

The trial is due to start on 7 October at Preston Crown Court.

John Traynor - the brother of Christopher and Kevin Traynor who both died in the tragedy - said he was "delighted" at the ruling.

"It's what we've been waiting for. Now we can plan our lives again now we know it's the 7 October."

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of Sheffield Wednesday's stadium at the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April.

The 96th victim, Tony Bland, died more than a year and a day after the disaster, and cannot be included in the prosecution.

About 10 family members were in court as Judge Sir Peter Openshaw made the ruling, which followed a hearing on Monday.

Hillsborough victims
Image caption The people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster

In May, the former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell was fined £6,500 for a health and safety offence.

He was found guilty of not providing enough turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end.


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