David Duckenfield failed 'reprehensibly' at Hillsborough, jury told

Former senior police officer accused of manslaughter of 95 people at retrial

The former South Yorkshire police officer in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium was guilty of “extraordinarily bad” and “reprehensible” failures, which caused 96 people to be killed in a crush, his retrial for manslaughter has been told.

Opening the prosecution’s case at Preston crown court, Richard Matthews QC said that David Duckenfield, now 75, failed grossly in the planning of the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, and particularly in the management of safety for the 24,000 people with tickets to support Liverpool.

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Source: The Guardian
David Duckenfield failed 'reprehensibly' at Hillsborough, jury told