Top cop’s failures ‘led to deaths of 96’ court told
MATCH commander David Duckenfield’s “extraordinarily bad” failures led to the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough, a court has heard.
The ex-policeman did not quickly take measures to free Liverpool supporters trapped in the fatal crush at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, jurors were told.
Prosecutors said his actions “contributed substantially” to the loss of life.
Mr Duckenfield ( below), 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans. Ex-Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 69, who is on trial alongside the former South Yorkshire Police Ch Supt, denies safety breaches.
At Preston Crown Court, prosecutor Richard Matthews QC described the build-up to the game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, saying pressure to get through the turnstiles “almost inevitably” built up outside the stadium before kick-off.
But he said: “David Duckenfield gave no thought to the inevitable consequence of the flood of people. Nor did he make any attempt to even monitor what was occurring, let alone avert tragedy”.
He told jurors Mr Duckenfield would have had “ultimate responsibility” for the police operation, but as the disaster unfolded he failed to quickly enact emergency measures.
The trial continues.