Hills­bor­ough match com­man­der to face trial

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Hills­bor­ough match com­man­der David Duck­en­field will face trial for man­slaugh­ter af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion to halt his pros­e­cu­tion was re­jected.

The for­mer South York­shire Po­lice chief su­per­in­ten­dent is charged with the man­slaugh­ter by gross neg­li­gence of 95 Liver­pool fans who died in the dis­as­ter at the FA Cup semi-fi­nal on April 15 1989.

Ben My­ers QC, de­fend­ing Duck­en­field, made an ap­pli­ca­tion to stay the pros­e­cu­tion at Pre­ston Crown Court on Thurs­day but it was re­fused by judge Sir Peter Open­shaw.

Duck­en­field, 73, is due to stand trial on Jan­uary 14 next year along­side for­mer Sh­effield Wed­nes­day club sec­re­tary Gra­ham Mack­rell, 68, who is charged with an of­fence in­volv­ing the sta­dium safety cer­tifi­cate and a health and safety of­fence.

He faces 95 charges of gross neg­li­gence man­slaugh­ter fol­low­ing the crush in the ter­race pens at the Lep­pings Lane end of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s ground at the match be­tween Liver­pool and Not­ting­ham For­est. Three other de­fen­dants – re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers Don­ald Den­ton, 80 and Alan Foster, 71 plus re­tired solic­i­tor Peter Met­calf, 68, who acted for South York­shire Po­lice fol­low­ing the 1989 dis­as­ter – are sched­uled to go on trial in Septem­ber 2019, charged with do­ing acts in­tended to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

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