Disaster study in Hillsborough: responsible police commander …

Disaster study in Hillsborough: police commander in charge of the competition is on trial

Press Association

Hillsborough race commander David Duckenfield has arrived before his lawsuit due to the gross negligence of 95 Liverpool fans.

The former Chief Inspector of Police will appear alongside Preston Crown Court, along with former Secretary of Sheffield Wednesday, Graham Mackrell.

Duckenfield, 74, arrived at the court on Monday just after 9 am with a blue coat and shirt and tie, accompanied by his lawyer and a number of family members.

Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, arrives at Preston Crown Court (Peter Byrne / PA)

Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, arrives at Preston Crown Court (Peter Byrne / PA)

Some relatives of the 96 victims of the disaster, who took place on April 15, 1989, were also in Preston for the trial, while others will watch the video link in the Cunard building in Liverpool.

The procedure starts on Monday morning, but it is not expected that the case will be opened until later in the week.

Duckenfield appeared earlier via video link to submit a non-guilty plea in the accusation of gross negligence and manslaughter.

Under the law at that time, there can be no prosecution for the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, when he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.

Mackrell, 69, is charged with violating a condition or condition of the safety certificate of the stadium, by not agreeing on the admission methods for the race and non-compliance with an obligation under the Working Conditions Act by not exercising reasonable care. regarding regulations for admission and the preparation of contingency plans.

Ninety-six men, women and children died in the crush in lofts at the end of the Leppings Lane on the Sheffield Wednesday grounds at the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest competition.

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