Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who was in charge of policing an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough football stadium when fans were crushed to death on the terraces, will face trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football supporters.
David Duckenfield to face 95 manslaughter charges over Hillsborough fans’ deaths
THE prosecution of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield can go ahead, a judge has ruled.
Duckenfield, now 73, is being charged with 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the 1989 disaster.
Judge Sir Peter Openshaw agreed to lift a stay of prosecution awarded to Duckenfield in 2000 after a private prosecution was brought by the families of those who lost relatives during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.
Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield will go on trial
The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster David Duckenfield will face trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football supporters, a judge has ruled.
The decision to prosecute the former chief superintendent was made by Sir Peter Openshaw at Preston Crown Court who lifted a stay on his prosecution.
An order preventing Mr Duckenfield being tried was imposed 18 years ago.
Four other men will also face trial on charges related to Hillsborough.