Verdict in David Duckenfield’ retrial

Updated: Dec 16, 2019


On due day of the disastrous Hillsborough retrial at the Preston Crown Court, match commander, David Duckenfield was announced not guilty in the gross negligence manslaughter’ case whereas the assigned jury deliberated for a period of three days before pronouncing their verdict.

Charged against for manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 out of 96 children and people losing their lives’, on the 15th of April 1989, in the event of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. However, not charged with the manslaughter of Tony Bland, Dickenfield was eventually found NOT GULTY according to the 1989 law and under plain cause that the victim died a year and a day after the incident.

The criminal charges were brought, on June 2017, pursuant to investigations of the independent police complaints commission and operation resolve launched in the 12th of September after the publication of the Hillsborough’ independent panel report and the subsequent quash in the original inquest judgments.

The secretary in charge of Sheffield Wednesday club at the time of the disaster, Graham mackrell, was found earlier this year guilty of mishandling sufficient turnstiles and providing them for the match causing him a fine of 6.500 pounds. It was also scheduled for three men – former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent Donald Denton, former SYP detective chief inspector Alan Foster, and the force’s then-solicitor Peter Metcalf – to undergo a stand trial next year being charged of preventing the course of justice.

Other investigations related to the disaster were exercised in 2014 and historic record reviews, were produced on April 2016, concerning each victim as the killings were considered unlawful.

In this regard, Sir Kenny Dalglish has claimed on November 29 “Like anyone who has seen at close quarters the dignified way that the families have conducted themselves in their fight for justice, Marina and I are hugely disappointed by Thursday’s verdict. Adding that he had hoped the families: “would get the outcome that they wanted and that they clearly deserved, but that hasn’t proven to be the case. The rest of us must now continue to offer whatever support they might need.’’

He pointed out, from a personal point of view that he is: ‘’immensely proud of everything that the families and their supporters have achieved over the last three decades. In the face of tragedy and with so much against them, they have persevered with the utmost integrity and in a way that shames all who have let them down. I know there cannot be any consolation in a situation like this but I would hope that they can take some comfort from the fact that so many good people will still stand beside them.”

In reaction to the same, Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and mother of a teenager who died in the Hillsborough disaster has spoken of her anger about the clearing in court of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield.

Her son James died in the disaster at the Sheffield Wednesday ground, in April 1989 and Mrs Aspinall has appealed for the families of the victims to get "some peace".

At a press conference at the Cunard Building, she also claimed: «I blame a system that's so morally wrong within this country, that's a disgrace to this nation.”

"When 96 people, they say 95, we say 96, are unlawfully killed and yet not one person is accountable.

"The question I'd like to ask all of you and people within the system is who put 96 people in their graves, who is accountable?"

Moreover, Jürgen Klopp empathized with Margaret stating: “Four years in, I understand absolutely. I have met not only Margaret [Aspinall] but Margaret more often than other people and I respect a lot how much they fought, how long they fought.

He and Liverpool FC’ have expressed their continuing support for the Hillsborough families. Whereas Klopp claimed: “The most important thing is, and we are again at a point where it’s so important to find the right words and you realize again that I am not a native, but what I can say is our thoughts and our love is with the families and we are there for them because I can imagine it’s a big disappointment there, big frustration, and sadness of course that this looks like the final verdict. Adding: “It shows always how much it means and meant to them, so that’s it. Apart from that, better people in the club have to send the right messages to them but we are there for them, 100 per cent.”


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