Hillsborough match commander can face trial


The man in charge of policing during the Hillsborough disaster can face trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football fans.

A judge at Preston Crown Court has ruled that David Duckenfield can be prosecuted after the Crown Prosecution Service applied to lift a historical stay – halting further legal proceedings – on the now-retired chief superintendent which was put in place in 2000.

He faces no charge over the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, because he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.

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Four other defendants charged with matters related to the disaster and its aftermath also face trial.

Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, is charged with an offence involving the stadium safety certificate and a health and safety offence.

Retired police officers Donald Denton, 80, and Alan Foster, 71, and retired solicitor Peter Metcalf, 68, who acted for South Yorkshire Police following the 15 April 1989 tragedy, are charged with doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.

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Proceedings relating to former Merseyside and West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, who is charged with misconduct in a public office, were adjourned until 21 August.

A further hearing for the case against Mr Duckenfield and Mr Mackrell is due on Monday, with the trial expected to begin on 10 September.

From – SkyNews


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